About Ruben

Ruben is a Certified Sherry Educator who fell in love with sherry some twenty years ago, but switched to a higher gear in 2013 and started writing about it. Lived in Madrid for a couple of years, now back in Belgium. I also run a whisky blog over at www.whiskynotes.be



Author Archives: Ruben

Sherry Week 2020

24 September 2020 | by Ruben

Sherry Week 2020 will be held 2-8 November 2020, in a largely virtual format, with masterclasses, cooking classes and online tastings


3 En Rama – Spring 2020 (Lustau)

16 September 2020 | by Ruben

Lustau 3 En Rama: three expressions from the key cities of the sherry triangle. Still a highly educational - and above all very tasty - concept


Pedrino Sherry & Tonic Spritz

10 September 2020 | by Ruben

Pedrino Sherry & Tonic is a spritzer meant to be an aperitif drink, an after-dinner drink or a base for cocktails


Bodegas Poniente

27 August 2020 | by Ruben

Bodegas Poniente is a relatively new sherry bodega started by Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte. They have a well-aged Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso


Fino versus Manzanilla: an internal conflict

18 August 2020 | by Ruben

In the past few days the sherry region has been overshadowed by an internal conflict, and if you dig deeper, you'll notice it is a deeply rooted conflict between winemaking traditions and cities.


Manzanilla Extra Dry (Barbadillo)

4 August 2020 | by Ruben

It doesn't hurt going back to the basics once in a while, so while visiting my local Carrefour I picked up this Manzanilla 'Extra Dry' from Bodegas Barbadillo


La Barajuela Raya 2015 (Saca 2019)

21 July 2020 | by Ruben

Raya La Barajuela is an extinct type of wine, made from the last pass of the harvest, oxidatively aged like an Oloroso. Another freaky, interesting experiment from Willy Pérez at Bodegas Pérez


Albariza 2017 (José Estévez)

15 July 2020 | by Ruben

José Estévez, the company behind the Valdespino, La Guita and Real Tesoro sherry brands also produces two young white wines



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