The Forum

9-10 th November 2021
Villamarta Theather, Jerez De La Frontera

More than 250 professionals will participate in the Forum dedicated to analysis, experience and debate. An appointment with some of the greatest names in oenology and gastronomy. The perfect opportunity for sommeliers and wine lovers to travel to the Marco de Jerez, broaden their knowledge at the hands of renowned professionals and discover the human face of those who daily breed Jerez Wines.

The Copa Jerez Forum is a unique event in the world due to its highly participatory and experiential nature, where each learning involves the five senses.


Copa Jerez 2021

Copa Jerez Forum will host a prestigious panel of speakers, including:

Quim Vila

Owner of Vila Viniteca

Juan Manuel Bellver

Director of Lavinia

Ramón Coalla

Owner of Coalla Gourmet

César Saldaña

President of the Regulatory Council for the Designations of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry”, “Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda” and “Vinagre de Jerez”

Ramiro Ibáñez

Winemaker, owner of Bodegas Cota 45

Quique Dacosta

Chef and owner of: Quique Dacosta Restaurant***, El Poblet*, Vuelve Carolina, Mercat Bar en Valencia.

Luis Gutiérrez

Wine critic - The wine advocate & Michelin Guide

Carlos González

Wine critic - Guía Peñín

Ferrán Centelles

Wine critic - Jancis Robinson

Chelsea Anthon

Jorge Thuillier

Sommelier of Kabuki Wellington

Ricardo Sanz

Chef of Kabuki Wellington

Madeline Puckette

Cofounder of WineFolly

Georgia (WineGini)

Alberto Fernández Bombín

David Robledo

Sommelier/Owner of Ambivium

Robert Tetas

Co-owner / Sommelier of Sobretablas

Manuela Romeralo

Sommelier of Llisa Negra (Quique Dacosta)

José Pizarro

Chef, owner of Grupo Pizarro Restaurants

Jordi Paronella

Sommelier of ThinkFoodGroup

Carlos Echapresto

Sommelier of Venta Moncalvillo *

Eduard Xatruch

Chef of Disfrutar**

Rodrigo Briseño

Sommelier of Disfrutar**

Evgeniya Shibaeva

Sommelier of Disfrutar**

Paola Medina

Willy Pérez

Oenologist at Bodegas Luis Pérez

Armando Guerra

Director of High Oenology at Bodegas Barbadillo

Antonio Flores

Oenologist at Bodegas González Byass

Victoria Frutos

Eduardo Ojeda

Oenologist at Equipo Navazos

María Belén Puertas

PhD in Chemistry and Oenologist, principal researcher at IFAPA- Rancho de la Merced (Jerez de la Frontera)

José María Quirós

Oenologist at Bodegas Tradición

María Naranjo

Director of the Food Industry - ICEX

Ana Cabestrero

Oenologist at Maestro Sierra 

José Ferrer

Ambassador of sherry wines in gastronomy

Rocio Ruíz

Bodegas Urium - Director and owner

Sergio Martinez

Oenologist at Bodegas Lustau

Juan Manuel Hidalgo

Commercial Director, "Bodeguero" and owner of Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo

Juan Ruiz Henestrosa

Sommelier and owner of Little John, burguer and things

Carlos Ferreiro

Oenologist at Bodegas Altanza

Peter Sisseck

Owner and oenologist of Dominio de Pingus and Bodegas San Francisco Javier

Programme 2021

Copa Jerez Forum & Competition offers participants a complete programme of activities and content focusing on the latest trends in gourmet cooking and Sherry Wine oenology, including new findings and experimentation. More details about the programme soon to be announced!

Tuesday, 9 November: International Final and Showroom

09:00 – 09:30 - Access and accreditation

09:30 – 10:00 - IX Edition Copa Jerez Opening Presentation

10:00 – 15:00 - International Final of the IX Copa Jerez 

12:30 – 13:30 - "The wines of the Final" 

            Round-table talk

15.00 -  End of morning session 

          10.00 – 15.00 - Bodegas Showroom


17:00 – 17:45 - "An atlas of flavours at Copa Jerez"


18:00 – 18:45 - "The sommelier's challenge at Copa Jerez"

             Round table - Sommeliers finalists from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, United States, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Russia. 

          16.30 – 19.00 - Bodegas Showroom

Wednesday, 10 November : Forum

09:00 – 09:30 - Acces to theatre​

09:30 – 10:00 - "The Sapiens Methodology applied to sherry: The sommelier as an essencial link, Part I"

​             Presented by Ferrán Centelles

10:05 – 10:35 - "From Typical Spanish to Marca España"

             Round-table discussion with Quique Dacosta, María Naranjo, José Pizarro and Nicolás López

10:40 – 11:10 - “Wine guides. Going beyond rankings”

            Round-table discussion and tasting with Luís Gutiérrez, Carlos González and Ferrán Centelles

11:15 – 11:45 -“The art of selling sherry wines”

​             Round-table discussion with Quim Vila, Juan Manuel Bellver and Ramón Coalla

11:50 – 12:20 - "Sherry Evolution: New norms for a new era, Part I ” 

            Presentation and tasting with César Saldaña, Ramiro Ibáñez, Belén Puertas and Primitivo Collantes

 12:25 – 12:55 - "Jerez seen from a Mediterranean vantage point"

            Show-tasting with Quique Dacosta, José Carlos Navarrete and Josep Roca

 13:00 – 13:30  - "The sommelier as an essential link, Part II"

             Round-table discussion with Manuela Romeralo, Juan Ruiz Henestrosa, Robert Tetas and David Robledo

13:35 – 14:00 -  "Ricardo Sanz Wellington*: From Tokyo to Jerez with a Stopover in Madrid"

            Presentation and food & wine tasting with Ricardo Sanz and Jorge Thuillier

14:00 -  End of morning session 


16:30 – 17:00 - "How to make wine relevant in the digital era"

              Round-table discussion with Chelsea Anthon, Madeline Puckette y Georgia Panagopoulou (@Winegini)

17:05 – 17:35 - "Sherry Evolution: New norms for a new era, Part II"           

              Presentation and tasting with César Saldaña, Paola Medina, Willy Pérez and Armando Guerra

17:40 – 18:10  - "Homestyle cooking & sherry wines"

             Presentation and food & wine tasting with Carlos Echapresto and Alberto Fernández Bombín

18:15 – 19:00 - "Creativity techniques applied to sherry wines: "Disfrutar**"

           Presentation and tasting with Eduard Xatruch, Rodrigo Briseño and Evgeniya Shibaeva

19:00 -  End of the evening session 


21:00 – 23:00 - Copa Jerez awards ceremony

              Paired dinner and flamenco show

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