Sherry Wines Announces 2020 Amateur Mixology Challenge
Sherry Wines and VinePair host open call for cocktail submissions and a chance to win
$5,000 in prizes

The Consejo Regulador de Jerez and Manzanilla – Sherry’s governing council – aka Sherry Wines (, is on the hunt for the next best Sherry cocktail made by America’s most skilled at-home mixologists. Sherry Wines represents the members of Spain’s oldest Denomination of Origin and is responsible for supporting the collective in their international efforts to promote and educate consumers on all things sherry. The Sherry Amateur Mixology Challenge aims to showcase the versatility of these fortified wines through cocktails. In conjunction with VinePair, Sherry Wines is inviting aspiring mixologists to shake up and submit their sherry-inspired cocktail for a chance to win a $3,000 grand prize. To enter, contestants can submit their cocktail here:

Rules for Entry:

1. You may use any style of Sherry from any producer registered in the “Jerez-Xeres-Sherry” Denomination of Origin.

2. The entry form must include:
● Style of Sherry (Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso, Medium, Cream, Pedro Ximinez, Moscatel)
● Brand and name of Bodega in Jerez that produces the chosen sherry
● The recipe ingredients – you must use a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 ingredients, of which one must be Sherry. Homemade products such as syrups or bitters are welcome!
● The proper garnish, the ideal glass and preparation
3. An explanation of why the cocktail is great
4. Upload a photo of the drink in the entry form
5. The photo must be posted on Instagram using the hashtag #SherryAMC

The deadline for entry is October 16, 2020. Cocktails will be judged on creativity, flavor balance and use of sherry in an innovative way. The top three winners will be awarded with $3,000, $1,500 and $500 cash.

For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Howard ( or Andrew Quinzi (


Sherry is a fortified wine which can only be produced in the “Sherry Triangle” – formed by the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria, and Sanlucar de Barrameda in the province of Cadiz, south-western Spain. The Consejo Regulador’s role is to protect the Denomination of Origin (DO) Jerez-Xerex-Sherry and Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda, ensuring that no wine from any other geographical area is sold as Sherry wine. DO Jerez-Xerex-Sherry and Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda is the oldest DO in Spain, and has 2,800 wine-growers. Wine has been produced in the area since Roman times, and Sherry has been exported around the world since the 16th century

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