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Too long a lonely outcast from the wine world, sherry has finally shed its stuffy, matronly image and today is making a comeback. Learn about its fascinating history, producers, pairings and myriad uses-in cocktails.

Talia will be signing copies of her new book, Sherry, following the event.


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This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.

Brief Bios

Talia Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of Punch. Formerly, she was the wine editor for Eater, a columnist at Wine Spectator and editor of in the United States. She has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit and Wine & Spirits Magazine, among others.

Lucas Paya served as head sommelier and wine buyer for acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià’s elBulli, in Catalonia, Spain for five years. With a wine inventory of over 25,000 distinguished bottles, elBulli’s wine list was highly regarded as one of the best in the world. Most recently, Lucas worked as the wine & beverage director for José Andrés´ ThinkFoodGroup (TFG), where he oversaw the wine and beverage programs for all TFG restaurants in Washington, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. In 2009, The Tasting Panel named him Best Wine Director in the city of Los Angeles, CA. Lucas’ expertise on wine has appeared in multiple publications such as Wines from Spain News, The Boston Globe, El Mundo, Verema, Expansion, LA Times Magazine, Gayot, Angelino, Gourmet, The Tasting Panel, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Somm Journal, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine and Wine Spectator, among others.

Juliette Pope has been the Beverage Director of Gramercy Tavern since 2004. Under her leadership, in 2010 Gramercy Tavern was awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.


Joaquín Simó is a partner in Alchemy Consulting and can be found behind the stick at their NYC flagship bar, Pouring Ribbons, which opened in fall 2012. Joaquín was part of the opening staff of the acclaimed cocktail bar, Death & Company, and was named one of Playboy's Top 10 Mixologists in 2009. A finalist in 2011, Joaquín was awarded the Spirited Award as American Bartender of the Year at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards. He served as deputy editor for the 2009 and 2010 Food & Wine Cocktail books, contributing the Latin Drinks chapter, front and back matter, as well as recipe-testing both books.


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