A Taste of Spain: Sherry, Jamón & Tapas

Events 21 Aug 2018

There is no better partnership in the food and wine world than the award winning Spanish ham Jamón Ibérico Bellota Gran Reserva paired with some of the finest Sherry from Gonzalez Byass and a mouth-watering tapas selection crafted by our  Head Executive Chef Tom Cook.  Join us on Thursday 13 September at 18.30. Hosted by Ivo Stoyanov of Gonzalez Byass.

Tickets £35 per person. To book please email lilian@smithandwollensky.co.uk or call 020 7321 6007


Jamón Ibérico Bellota Gran Reserva, Crostini

Manchego Croquettes

Fried Olive Stuffed with Veal

Succulent Prawns, Lemon Oil

Spiced Braised Pork Cheek



Leonor is described as the wild child of Jerez. Due to its misterious ageing process could be described as similar to an amontillado on the nose and similar to an oloroso on the mouth. Leonor shows a light mahogany colour with golden tones and slightly orange rim. On the nose intense and complex with typical amontillado notes such as hazlenuts perfectly balanced with other aromas such as bitter orange and mature oak. On the palate powerful and intense with toasted notes yet smooth and silky.Del Duque

Viña AB

Viña AB is a young amontillado which has experienced both ageing under flor and oxidative ageing. Due to the contact with oxygen it has taken on a light amber colour. On the nose subtle and delicate with typical Palomino aromas of nuts, in this case hazlenuts and slight reminders of yeast due to its time under the flor. On the palate Viña AB shows subtle notes of oak due to the 12 years spent in cask. Pleasant with a balanced acidity. Long aftertaste with slight saltiness and bitterness on the finish.


Due to its time in contact with oxygen Alfonso shows a golden amber colour. On the nose round intense aromas with the nuttiness of the Palomino variety standing out, in this case hazlenuts and walnuts. As a result of the time spent in cask Alfonso shows subtle aromas of oak and spiced notes which remind of truffle or leather. On the palate flavourful and structured with a long and complex aftertaste and slight vanilla touches with a surprising sweet note on the finish.

Tio Pepe

Due to the fact that the flor protects Tio Pepe from oxygen it has been able to maintain a pale golden yellow colour. On the nose sharp yet
elegant aromas of the yeast from the flor balanced with toasted almond notes typical of the Palomino variety. On the palate completely dry with
reminders of almonds. Super fresh with a long and complex finish.

Gonzalez Byass

Gonzalez Byass was founded in Jerez in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzalez. At the young age of23 he decided to dedicate himself to the production and commercialisation of Sherry wines and spirits. In 1844 the first barrels of Tio Pepe were exported to London. Tio Pepe being named in homage to the uncle of the founder, Jose Angel. Then in 1855 the company’s UK distributor Robert Blake Byass was made a partner in order to strengthen links with the UK, the number one market for Sherry wines. However nowadays the company is controlled by the Gonzalez family, now in its fifth generation. Gonzalez Byass has since been dedicated to the production and commercialisation of quality Sherry wines and Spirits. Gonzalez Byass has a special focus on the production of rare old wines that have resided in their ancient cellars for more than 30 years. These ‘Soleras Exclusivas’ can be considered the legacy of Jerez left to us by Gonzalez Byass. The Apostoles solera was created in 1862 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Isabel II of Spain when visiting the winery. A unique wine in Jerez being the only Palo Cortado blend of Palomino and Pedro Ximenez.