We haven’t spoken about Fernando’s travels for a while, but as you would expect our resident globetrotter did not spend the summer at home…
June was a milestone month for Spanish wine in general as it was the first MW Symposium – a gathering of around 450 Masters of Wine, students studying for the notoriously tough exams and other international wine professionals that takes place once every four years – to take place in Spain, specifically in Logroño. Fernando was thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with some of the people who played a key role in his studies and to present the new face of Spanish wine to some of the world’s most influential figures.
As well as presenting Supersónico 2016 at the tasting of wines made by MWs, Fernando had a role – alongside other Spanish MWs – in selecting and presenting the wines shown at the “Inspirational Tasting” a stellar selection including Vega Sicilia Único 1996 and Toro Albalá 1931 and implored attendees to share news of Spain’s wine revolution when they get back to their respective countries.
The presentations were as enthralling as they were educational and highlights included the opening of many bottles dating back to the 1955 vintage with hot tongs at the Marqués de Riscal gala dinner.
After sales trips to London and Germany, Fernando got his holidays off to a very good start with a trip to Quinta do Noval, the prize he won for submitting the best Master of Wine Research Paper of his class. Four nights as a guest one of the best Port houses, visiting vineyards, learning, enjoying meals in luxury restaurants including DOC (Chef Rui Paula) and Quinta de la Rosa, and tasting superb Ports including Quinta do Noval Colheita 1976 and Quinta do Noval Vintage 1990. And as if that were not enough, the prize included more wine for our cellar, improving it tenfold. Fernando used to the visit to learn more about the maintenance of dry walls, which he put to use repairing some of the old stone walling in El Jardín de los Iguales. Many thanks to Axa Millésime with Christian Seely at the helm for being so very generous with us.
In August, even his holidays tasted of wine, as he headed off to the Sherry region to visit Lustau and Taberna Der Guerrita (Armando Guerra) in Sanlúcar to fill the boot with some of his favourite wines.
Now it’s September, and time for even Fernando to stay closer to home, specifically in the vineyard and winery, as the harvest has started. We’ll be back with an update very soon.