The Forum

Jerez De La Frontera

The Copa Jerez Forum will play host to the largest meeting between gastronomy and Sherry Wine with some of the most outstanding figures in the international gastronomic scene. A complete program of lectures, live demonstrations and oenological activities. 


Copa Jerez 2019

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

Josep Roca

Head waiter and co-owner, with brothers Jordi and Joan Roca, of El Celler de Can Roca, with whom he shares the honour of being awarded 3 Michelin stars and topping the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Ángel León

Known as “the Chef of the Sea” for his unequivocal use of fish and seafood at his restaurant, Aponiente, Ángel León pioneered the use of plankton and discard fish species and created dishes like marine burrata or seafood sausage.

François Chartier 

Is regarded internationally as one of the pioneering researchers in terms of recipe creation and wine and food harmonies.He published the first results of his research in *Molecular Harmonies and Sommellerie*.

Programme 2019

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, 28 May


 9:00 Doors open and accreditations

 9:30 Official welcome

 9:40  Keynote presentation by Josep Roca Fontané- El Celler de Can Roca ***

 10:30 Sherry Wines and business models: Sherry bars and wines by the glass


Miguel Ángel Gómez, Tapavino Bar Group - Sydney, Australia

Owen Morgan, Bar 44 Group – United Kingdom

Momoko Izumi, Sherry Club Ginza - Kyoto, Japan

Paqui Espinosa, Palo Cortado - Madrid

 11:00  Aponiente 2019 and Sherry Wines


Ángel León, owner and head chef atAponiente ***

Juan Ruiz Henestrosa, sommelier at Aponiente ***

11:40  Jerez Region vine plots, albariza soil with pedigree


César Saldaña, Consejo Regulador Vinos de Jerez y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar

Salvador Guimerá, Bodega González Byass

Manuel Valcárcel, Bodega Fundador

Willy Pérez, Bodega Luís Pérez

12:15 The Sherry experience at Michelin 3-star restaurants


Carlos Maribona, wine critic at Grupo Vocento/ABC and editor of Salsa de Chiles blog

Miguel Ángel Millán, sommelier at Diverxo **

José Antonio Navarrete, sommelier at Quique Dacosta ***

12:45 How Sherry Wines evolve in the bottle


Juancho Asenjo, journalist

Sarah Jane Evans,The Institute of Masters of Wine

Paola Medina, Bodegas Williams & Humbert

Eduardo Ojeda,Grupo Estévez

Armando Guerra, Bodegas Barbadillo

13:30  Ageing meats to attain the fullest flavour


 Alberto Luchini, editor-in-chief, Metrópoli/El Mundo

 Juan Aladino, manager, Cárnicas Lyo

 Cristina Tierno, journalist


16:30 Doors reopen  

17:00 Molecular matching: “Jerez and chocolate: a heavenly delight”

Speaker: Francois Chartier "CRÉATEUR D’HARMONIES"

Joined by: Nicolás Roché,sommelier and restaurant manager of Beso - Hotel Sofía - Barcelona

 17:45 Top sommeliers challenge: VIII Copa JerezFinalists


Sebastian Schaan, sommelier at Wild X Berg (Germany)

Franҫois van de Casteell, sommelier atLe Pilori* (Belgium)

 Jonathan K. Berntsen, sommelier at Clou* (Denmark)

 Enrique García, sommelier atBonAmb** (Spain)

 Ryan Bailey,sommelier at The NoMad (USA)

 Kim Reisig, sommelier at Cheval Blanc* (the Netherlands)

 Alan Bednarskisommelier at Texture* (UK)

 18.15  Bartenders, mixology & Sherry


Rafael Bellido,president of the Andalusian Association of Sommeliers

Jarred Weigand,bartender at Death and Company - NYC

Leanne Favre, bartender at Clover Club Leyenda - NYC

Samuel Donald Johnson,bartender at Death and Company - NYC

Marc Álvarez, bartender at Drink´s Atelier - Barcelona

19:15  Sherry at Corral de la Morería*: from the wine cellar to the table


Juan Manuel del Rey, Corral de la Morería *

David García, head chef at Corral de la Morería *

Wednesday, 29 May


Doors open and accreditation

9:30 – 10:00

Introductions: Copa Jerez teams and judges

10:00 – 11:00

Live cooking and presentations to the jury

11:00 – 11:40  

Break - Showroom doors open

 11:40 – 12:40

 Live cooking and presentations to the jury

 12:40 – 13:20 

 Break –  Bodega Showroom 

 13:20 – 14:20 

 Live cooking and presentations to the jury

14:20 – 14:40 h.

Closing of the Competition


Doors open for the Awards Ceremony

20:30 – 21:00

VIII Copa Jerez Awards Ceremony

21.30 – 23.00 h.

Closing dinner with live entertainment


2017 Programme

Given the enormous response in 2017, the VIII Copa Jerez Forum & Competition has moved to a larger venue—the Villamarta Theatre. There, on May 28-29, registered participants will be able to attend the Forum as well as Copa Jerez International Final competition, live on stage.

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