In October 2012, González Byass head winemaker Antonio Flores chose 100 barrels from just two of the ancient Tio Pepe soleras (the traditional system for blending and aging sherry). This selection was to identify butts which would develop a particularly thick, compact and consistent flor (yeast covering) to impart the distinctive aromas and flavors that characterize a great fino.
Autumn in Jerez was warm and rainy followed by a mild winter which allowed the protective layer of flor to thrive. Of the original 100 casks, only 67 were selected for their finesse and intensity, and then bottled in spring when flor growth was at its thickest. The result is Tio Pepe En Rama -- fino sherry in its most natural and delicate state; unfiltered, unclarified and fragrant with yeasty bread, almonds and citrus.
Although Tio Pepe En Rama is produced in strictly limited quantities, we made certain that we'll have plenty to pour. Alongside the En Rama, we'll be sampling a dozen or so other dry sherries, making this event the premier sherry tasting in Michigan.
Sherry production is centered in the Spanish town of Jerez near the Atlantic coast. Sardines are a natural pairing. A bunch of these tasty little fishes will be flown in from Spain and land directly on a grill atop the Park Shelton. We'll also be pouring glasses of crisp and bubbly VallDolina Cava from Catalunya on the Northeast coast of Spain. With the fruits of the Levante Spanish shores on your plate and in your glass it's entirely possible that, for a few short hours, the Detroit city skyline will be replaced by a span of blue water and a warm, salty breeze.
The Spanish experience would not be complete without music and dancing. Renowned international artists Valeria Monte "La Chispa", Jesus Munoz, Jose Vega Jurado "Niño Del Puente", and Ismael de la Rosa will be performing world-class Flamenco.
Sunday July 21, 5 pm to 8 pm
15 East Kirby, Midtown, Detroit (next to DIA)
$100/person RSVP to Elie 248-398-0030