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Saturday, July 23 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Deconstructing the Solera Method

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For generations family owned producers have applied the Solera process for different applications. from Sherry to Brandy to Rum. This is a journey into this ancient process, the magical elements of it that allows us to produce beautiful delicate spirits and showcase centuries of tradition. Discover the method behind aging spirits, its oak influence while understanding terroir and evaporation. 

Meet Nestor Ortega master distiller of Santa Teresa Rum and Lustau Winemaker Director Manuel Lozano. Sample through different stages of brandy and Solera Rum and taste through unique expressions never seen before. We invite you to get some knowledge about the Solera method and have more tools to understand what makes this process special. 
Join two of the most awarded family owned producers with hundreds of years of family tradition and unique history

Moderators
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Rafael Reyes

NY Brand Ambassador, Santa Teresa Rum
With over 11 years of experience in the cocktail and hospitality industry, Rafael has always followed his passion for craft spirits and better quality ingredients. He has visited distilleries worldwide, staged in kitchens and researched cocktail cultures around the world. | | Rafael has worked in Tales of the Cocktail nominated bars like 1534 and Experimental Cocktail Club. He has also consulted in many restaurants and bars throughout... Read More →

Speakers
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Nestor Ortega

Master Distiller, Santa Teresa Rum
Just as he would when treating an aged rum itself, Néstor Ortega patiently allowed his knowledge to mature over time to become the master rum-maker at Ron Santa Teresa. A graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolivar (1980), he began to work in the processing area where he learnt the art of blending to ensure that each and every rum bearing the company’s name would be produced according to an exact formula. His later... Read More →
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Will Peet

Trade Educator
Being a native of the New York Metropolitan Area, Will has always been immersed in the restaurant and hospitality world. Coming from a restaurant family, he has always known his path would be to become part of the culture. Working his way through the system, Will found himself managing some fantastic programs in the city, leading up to changing his stance to begin focusing his efforts on a part of the industry he was unfamiliar with: cocktail... Read More →
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Fernando Pérez

Master Distiller and Quality Control Director, Caballero Group
Born in El Puerto de Santa María, Fernando Pérez was introduced to winemaking at an early age. He frequently visited the Sherry winery where his older cousins were working and became intrigued with the culture of Sherry.  How different styles of wines were obtained from a sole must, how wines evolved depending on climate conditions and how they were blended to obtain their best expression were some of the factors that... Read More →

Sponsors
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Lustau

A huge range of exceptional Sherry wines, vermouth and brandies, endorsed by outstanding ratings and medals in international competitions confirms Lustau as the benchmark of quality when talking about Sherry.  | | In 2012 Lustau was the Spanish winery to take most international awards, ranking number seven worldwide. It was named named “2011 Best Spanish Wine Producer” and “2014 Best Sherry producer” by the... Read More →
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Santa Teresa Rum

Venezuela's oldest producer of award winning Aged Rum since 1796.




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