Announcing the 2016 Copa Jerez USA Finalists!

Published 23 November 2016   by SHERRY WINES U.S.   @SherryWinesUS
We are thrilled to announce the finalists of the U.S. National Copa Jerez Competition 2016!

Copa Jerez is an international competition featuring top chefs and sommeliers from across Europe, Asia, and North America, in which each team is commissioned with choosing the ultimate matches of Sherry wines with food.  It was created to showcase the incredible diversity of Sherry wine and its remarkable ability to match with food.
 
The international competition will be held in Spain in 2017 but before that we need to crown a U.S. winner!  This year’s finalists are:
 
Ezra Star and Ashley Gaboriault --- Drink Boston, Boston, MA
Nick Africano and Flannery Klette-Kolton --- En Rama, New York, NY
Brendan Spiro and Erik Ramirez --- Llama Inn, Brooklyn, NY

 
The live finals will be held at Distilled NY (211 West Broadway) in New York City on Tuesday, December 6th, from 11am to 4pm.  There, the finalists will present their dishes and pairings to our distinguished panel of judges — Ian Adams, winner of the top prize Best Overall Menu and Best Sommelier in the World at the 2015 International Copa Jerez Competition; Doug Frost, MS MW; Michael Weiss of the Culinary Institute of America; and Steve Olson, aka wine geek.

If you're in the city, you won't want to miss it!  RSVP to kate@akawinegeek.com to watch the competition and taste the matches for yourself.  The winning team will be announced that afternoon and will go on to compete in the international finals in Jerez, Spain!

The winning starter from 2015 Lightly Poached Prawn in Traditional Líquido de Escabeche paired with Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada
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The winning main course from 2015 Crispy Sweetbread and Roasted Porcini Ravioli paired with Gutiérrez Colosía Amontillado
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The winning dessert from 2015 Burnt Orange and Marcona Almond Frozen Souffle paired with González Byass Apóstoles Palo Cortado VORS
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The National Copa Jerez Finals 2016 are dedicated to the loving memory of Roger Kugler, an amazing soul who was a dear friend to us all, a lover of food and wine, a fanatic of Sherry, and the 2009 Copa Jerez Best Sommelier in the World. Roger will always be a part of our family, and his presence, and his passion, will always remain in our hearts.
Roger will be loved and missed forever.

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