WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sherry Council of America is proud to announce that The Broadmoor is the winner of the 4th U.S. Finals of the Copa Jerez food and Sherry pairing competition. Executive Chef Bertrand Bouquin and Wine Director Timothy Baldwin will travel to Jerez, Spain in January 2011 to compete against renowned international chef and sommelier teams for the Copa Jerez title.
"Our winning US team showed skill, pairing a Fino, an Amontillado and an Oloroso Sherry with extraordinary and delicate flavors in their dishes," said Sonia Smith of the Sherry Council of America. "We are thrilled by the strong showing of the restaurants in this competition, showcasing how well Sherry pairs with so many cuisines."
The Broadmoor won the U.S. title while competing in New York yesterday, October 6, 2010, against three other nationally recognized restaurants and chef/sommelier teams: The Bazaar, Casa Mono, and La Boca. Next month, the acclaimed duo will compete against teams from all over the world including the home favorite, Spain. They will present their three-course entry to a panel of expert international judges who will evaluate the food, the pairing and overall presentation.
"We are thrilled that we were able to accomplish what we came here to do. We look forward to representing the United States this January in Spain," said Timothy Baldwin, Wine Director of The Broadmoor.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has been known as an international culinary hub in the western United States since 1918, and its diverse range of restaurants offer everything from classic American cuisine to European fine dining.
Authentic Sherry wine can only come from the Jerez region of Spain – a town in Spain's southern-most province of Andalucía. Jerez is Spain's oldest denominated winemaking region, only legally defined in 1933, but boasting 3500 years of tradition that continues today. Elements unique to this tradition include Jerez's microclimate, experiencing 300 days of sunshine with stiff ocean winds, and the unique chalky, calcium-rich soil known as Albariza.
Sherry Council of America is the official U.S. representative of the Federacion de Bodegas del Marco de Jerez (Fedejerez), the trade organization for all Sherry producers of the Jerez region of Spain. Based in Washington, D.C., the Council works to expand knowledge of the unique geographic characteristics, rich cultural traditions, and generations of winemaking expertise that are central to creating the distinctive range of flavors found in Sherry wines. The Council also works to raise awareness among U.S. policymakers, consumers, and other audiences about the importance of protecting the Sherry name.
SOURCE Sherry Council of America