Dinner with El Caballero de Jerez, Antonio Flores.
Capping off a weekend long celebration of Sherry, I was able to seat down for dinner with Antonio Flores, Master Blender of Bodega González-Byass. The stage was the quintessential NYC restaurant Gramercy Tavern.
Antonio was visiting the city to participate in the many events organized by the creators of SherryFest, Peter Liem & Rosemary Gray. The day before , Antonio successfully led a seminar titled The Evolution of Flor at Astor Center followed by a dinner at Hearth. Both events provided Antonio the chance to taste, demystify and educate the public about the wonders of Sherry and further explain his historic & visionary work as master blender at González-Byass.
Antonio is the keeper of hundreds of Soleras at González-Byass, his main job is to care and tend to the needs of each criadera while every year hand crafting the signature wines of his Bodega.
A man of stature, commitment & passion for his work is what sets Antonio apart from any other wine maker I have met, sherry flows through his veins. His jubilant personality is as contagious as his wines.
!Salud Antonio! Y os veremos pronto en Jerez!!