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Meet the Founding Sherry Week Team

International Sherry Week would not be possible without the dedication and support of our founding team of Ambassadors, whom are all Certified Sherry Educators.

Tomoko Kimura | Japan

Tomoko completed the Sherry Educator course in Jerez in 2012 and has been waiting for International Sherry Week ever since. Born to a chef, Tomoko is extremely knowledgeable about Japanese cuisine which is how she started her love affair with Sherry and the great diversity of food pairings to be had with Sherry wines. Tomoko is based between Jerez and Japan and through her network and passion, encouraged more than 600 events to take place during the first International Sherry Week in 2014. Tomoko is a talented social media leader and is always ahead of the world with reporting on Sherry news and activities within the Asian territories.

Recommended Sherry Pairing

Many people already know Sushi, Tempura and Sherry go very well. I would like to recommend another pairingfor International Sherry Week 2015. Ramen and Sherry isa very good marriage. Especially "soy sauce based" soup and Fino or Amontillado is fantastic! Please try it!!

Fabiola Bonke | Holland

Fabiola was born and raised in Holland to Spanish parents and hence why she has committed her life to working with Spanish gastronomy.

Fabiola has always been a multitasking professional. She has a bachelors degree in occupational therapy and in communication training. She speaks Dutch, Spanish and English fluently. Her communications training and passion for Spanish food and wine prompted her decision to start her own company called Spanje Totaal.

SpanjeTotaal is dedicated to promoting Spanish products and industry to the Dutch audience. The company has evolved from Spanish catering to Spanish cooking and wine school. Fortified wines is her passion and specialty. Fabiola is a qualified food and wine professional(SWEN = Dutch professional wine training) and currently completing a WSET course. Fabiola is not only a Certified Sherry Educator but one of only four official Venenciadoras in Europe outside of Spain - she really knows her Sherry.Fabiola lives and breathes her Spanish heritage and is committed to reinvigorating the Sherry Wine brand in Holland through innovative new approaches and to especially pairing the wines with local but also international cuisine.

Recommended Sherry Pairing:

I am a big fan of seafood and especially of shellfish.A very fresh and crisp Manzanilla with our Dutch Oysters or Mussels is really devine. Of course I have many more exciting sherry pairing recommendations because of the diversity of sherry wines and its gastronomic ability!

Raul Vega Mexico

Certified Sherry Educator, sommelier and owner of the company Terravid, Raul is 150% dedicated to the commercial representation of Spanish wines and wineries in Mexico. Raul has been in the world of wine for over 20 years, first, distributing wine from all over the world in the state of Puebla. His first contact with Sherry wines was when he was contracted by Grupo Garvey as their Brand Ambassador in México. Raul has developed his own Sherry Educator training programme in conjunction with the Consejo Regulador, inspiring hundreds of new Sherry fans every year. When you ask anyone in Sherry Country about Raul they always respond with a great respect and gratitude for the tremendous impact Raul has had for the Sherry Wine industry in Mexico.

Recommended Sherry Pairing

I think Mexican food is a very good partner for Sherry Wines, one of the best options I have found is with sweet or semi sweet wines such as the Mole Poblano with Cream or Medium.

Annie B - Scotland | Spain

Annie hails from a family of Whisky Distillers and Farmers in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Following being introduced to Croft Original by her Grandmother at the tender age of 12, a life long bond was formed. After many years of running her catering company in London, Annie headed for the beautiful Pueblo Blanco of Vejer de la Frontera and opened her Cooking School to share the fabulous food and wine of Andalucia – in particular - Sherry. Annie qualified as a Sherry Educator in 2011 and runs sold out Cooking and Sherry workshops all year round in her Spanish Kitchen.

Recommended Sherry Pairing

On the beaches of Costa de la Luz with ice cold Fino or Manzanilla, sparkling ocean, olives, almonds & pescados fritos.

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12 October 2015
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