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Ambiente Tapas wins the best gastronomy & social event for ISW 2016

Sherry Week participants with innovative gastronomy events and a passion for social media were given the chance to win a trip for 2 to Jerez to learn from the world's best Chef & Sommelier teams at the International Finals of Copa Jerez to be held in Spain in the Spring of 2017.

More than 50% of the events registered during the 3rd annual International Sherry Week, featured food and wine pairings.  Innovative Sherry pairing menus were created from all over the world from Canada to Australia to Japan to the United Kingdom and social media accounts were buzzing with sumptuous imagery of the perfect Sherry pairing, peaking with more 10,000 unique posts recorded using the hashtag #sherryweek across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  

The judges had a very hard decision to make with the winning criteria to include a creative menu pairing together with high activation on social media, including photographs posted, impacts, reach and user engagement as measured by the source Tweetbinder.  However, the judge's decision was unanimous, awarding the prize to AMBIENTE TAPAS, who with four venues in the United Kingdom celebrated Sherry Week with both educational and gastronomy led events every day and non-stop posting of the events on social media.  

Ambiente Tapas describe themselves as a Gourmet Mediterranean Tapas with a Yorkshire twist.  Their restaurants are inspired by traditional Spanish "tabancos" and their menus provide a wide range of tapas delivered with their very own Ambiente twist to delight all diners. 

Here's what they got up to:  

The Perfect Pairing for Sherry Week – at all four Ambiente Locations 

Throughout Sherry Week, Ambiente’s match of the moment was Boquerones Y Manzanilla – anchovies accompanied by a dry, light sherry with a salty freshness.



5 Course Paired Menu specially created for evening with Valdespino Sherries on Tuesday 8th November at Ambiente Leeds. 


Anchovy, Pimiento Peppers and olives

Paired with Valdespino Fino Inocente


Merluza Asada

Bbq roasted hake served with spiced tomato chutney & pea & mint puree

Paired with Valdespino Palo Cortado Viejo C. P. 


Carrillada de cerdo

Braised pig cheek, caramelised glazed apple & celeriac puree

Paired with Valdespino Amontillado Tio Diego 


Pechuga de Arrachera

Bar marked pigeon served on a bed of foraged sea beets

Paired with Valdespino Don Gonzalo Oloroso


Salt chocolate delice with coffee mousse & pistachio crackling

Paired with Valdespino PX El Candado 

In addition to their gastronomy events, Ambiente Tapas provided staff training to all new staff members on Sherry and offered all customers a Sherry as their first drink when being seated at their tables.  


Ambiente Tapas      14 Goodramgate        York          YO1 7LQ              01904 689784

Ambiente Tapas      31 Fossgate               York          YO1 9TA               01904 638252

Ambiente Tapas      36-38 The Calls         Leeds        LS2 7EW              0113 246 1848

Ambiente Tapas      5 Humber Stree         Hull           HU1 1TG              01482 426 126

Copa Jerez is an international food and Sherry pairing competition in which chef and sommelier teams from eight different countries, compete in a quest to find the most harmonious combinations.  

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18 November 2016
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