Los Angeles

Event Announcement: A Taste of Jerez (Sherry)

bottle_dios_baco_fino.jpgSlow Food LA presents A Taste of Jerez (Sherry): The Styles and Traditions of a Neglected Classic Wine at Grace Restaurant, featuring the wines of Bodegas Dios Baco, makers of artisan Sherry in small handcrafted batches from the region of Jerez (Sherry), Spain. Also featuring an assortment of cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

When: Saturday, October 8, 2005 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Grace Restaurant, 7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 [map]
Cost: $35.00 Slow Food LA members; $40.00 nonmembers. (Reservation information below.)

Nan Kohler, California Regional Manager for CIV(USA) importers, will be leading a tasting of the whole range of styles of Sherry, from light Manzanilla to rich Pedro Ximenez and teaching about the unique way in which these wines are crafted. Also on hand will be Sebastian Craig, a “Deacon du Fromage” at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, to talk about the selected cheeses for the tasting. In addition to the cheeses, chef Neal Fraser will provide small delights to accompany the flights and help illustrate Sherry’s incredible versatility as a food-friendly wine.

Reservations: In advance ONLY by calling the Slow Food Hotline: 323.860.9804 or by email to John [at] thewinecurators [dot] com. Please note that reservations will not be taken by the restaurant. The number of spaces is limited, and reservations should be submitted by October 5.

Payment is by check only. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of a check made out to Slow LA and sent to:
Slow LA
c/o Angeli Caffe
P.O. Box 360769
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sherry as a wine category has been on the decline in recent years. An aging demographic and misunderstanding of a product that has been mass marketed as a heavy, sweet after-dinner drink are factors that contribute to the public’s misunderstanding of a wine that has traditionally been one of the most rewarding and food friendly in all the world. At their best, the range of styles are fresh fruit driven and show extraordinary compatibility with food, as well as a complexity that is attained by the unique solera system aging process.

The Participants:
The highly regarded wines of the family run Bodegas Dios Baco, with roots dating back to 1848, epitomize the finest handcrafted sherries available. Limited batches of Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, and Cream sherries are made in a more traditional style and offer exceptional character and complexity.
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has been providing the widest variety and the highest quality imported cheeses to the nation since 1967. The Cheese Store is the specialist for the rarest, hand made, farm fresh cheeses, seldom shipped out of their locales. Also featured is the largest assortment
of goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses anywhere.

Occupying the former home of Muse restaurant, GRACE is a casually elegant and comfortable space that has become one of LA’s top restaurants in just a few short years. Neal Fraser is one of Los Angeles’ most revolutionary chefs whose cuisine has been heralded by local and national media since his earliest days in the kitchen. Fraser’s contemporary American fare at GRACE perfectly marries the highest quality, seasonal ingredients with his highly skilled and nuanced use of complementing and contrasting flavors and textures.