After all this practice I STILL got confuddled during the blind tasting this afternoon. But it’s all over now… exam results tonight! *fingerscrossed*
I started off yesterday with a “off the schedule” visit to Bodegas Lustau, which was great. I first went there about a year and a half ago and this time we were shown around by Juan, followed by a tasting of their fabulous sherries.
In the evening the course officially started off with a history lesson in El Puerto de Santa María followed by dinner in the San Marco castle. There are 25 of us taking the course. So far I’ve only met and spoken with a few of them. Now dashing off for an action-packed Day Two. So thrilled to be doing this.
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On the eve of leaving for the Sherry Educator course I met up with dear friend Victor @WeLoveMalaga who happened to be in town for a few hours, and we ended up at Las Teresas, which gave me an opportunity to practice one of the blind tastings I’m dreading the most. Telling the difference between fino and manzanilla. So I asked the guys at the bar to set me up with a half-serving of each, but not to tell me which was which…
I was a bit confused at first, they kind of smelled the same to me. Then Victor said – “they smell completely different!” – and I realised I was just being nervous. So I took the two glasses again and took another sniff of both… and no question. I knew immediately which one was manzanilla. Ha! Without even tasting them. I sure hope I can do that again on Friday!
I also hope I can tell the difference between a palo cortado and oloroso when the time comes. Off to pack…