Gables Museum presents a very merry sherry event
Local wine expert Patrick Alexander will present an evening dedicated to Spanish sherry at the Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m.
Mr. Alexander, a former judge at the Florida International Wine Challenge, will trace the history of the Jerez vineyards from the time of the Phoenicians, to the Romans and the Moors.
Born and raised in England, he will explain sherry’s significant role in British history from drowning one of the king’s brothers in a barrel of it to shipping home the admiral of the fleet, pickled, in another.
Mr. Alexander will also discuss -- and pour participants glasses of -- Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado and Oloroso sherry as well as some rare VSOP samples.
After discussing the importance of sherry in the discovery and colonization of the New World, guests will be given a guided tour of the museum’s collection of historic Spanish maps documenting the discovery of Florida.
Mr. Alexander raised his family in the Bordeaux wine country of southwest France, the Piedmont wine country of northwest Italy and the wine country of northern California before moving to Coral Gables over 20 years ago.
As director of the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami, he developed a popular wine appreciation program that was offered exclusively in the faculty lounge.
Sponsored by Williams & Humbert and Drysack, the April 12 event promises to be very merry indeed. For further information or to purchase tickets ($20 / $15 museum members), contact the museum at 305-603-8067.