Sarah Jane Evans

Sarah Jane Evans

Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award-winning journalist who began writing about wine (and food, restaurants, and chocolate) in the 1980s. She started drinking Spanish wine – Sherry, to be specific – as a student of classics and social and political sciences at Cambridge University. This started her lifelong love affair with the country’s wines, food and culture, leading to her appointment as a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino for services to Spanish wine. In 2006 she became a Master of Wine, writing her dissertation on Sherry and winning the Robert Mondavi Winery Award. Currently vice-chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Evans divides her time between contributing to leading wine magazines and reference books, wine education and judging wines internationally.

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Vega Sicilia, Alión 2013

Alión is Vega Sicilia’s neighbour and sister estate, made from 50% of their own grapes, and 50% purchased from growers in the quality villages of La Horra, Roa, Gumiel, Pesquera…

Vega Sicilia, Valbuena 5 2012

The 2012 Valbuena is a stripling, but is already showing real charm. This is a particularly interesting vintage, as the Merlot which usually forms part of the blend is absent…

Vega Sicilia, Pintia 2012

Whereas Ribera del Duero is continental in climate, with cold winters and hot summers, Toro is ever more extreme and makes bolder wines, such as Vega's Pintia...

Maestro Sierra, Pedro Ximénez NV

Smell the raisins! This is the very essence of sun-dried raisins, ripe and unctuous, and simply lovely. It is a silky, fairly fresh PX, which avoids the bitterness of some…

Top rated Oloroso Sherry

Full bodied and relatively high in alcohol, Oloroso Sherry undergoes oxidative ageing for big flavours. Although dry, it can often come across as having a hint of sweetness that complements…

Top Rated Fino Sherry

Made from the white Palomino grape variety and fortified soon after fermentation to 15%. Aged under flor – a veil of yeast (‘biological ageing’) – in a solera for a…

Manzanilla Sherry

Initially made as for Fino. The difference is that it has to be aged in a solera in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The humid sea air encourages a denser layer of…

Maestro Sierra, Oloroso NV

The former Almacenista - supplier to other bodegas - works in a remarkable old bodega. From there they produce this great value Oloroso, offering an alluring roasted butterscotch aroma, and…

Bodegas Tradición, Fino NV

When Bodegas Tradición started out, its original portfolio did not include a Fino. This is therefore a very welcome addition, with just as much grandeur as its aged, oxidative cousins...…

Valdespino, Fino Inocente NV

A textbook Fino. A single vineyard wine, this is the last remaining Fino to be fermented in oak butts. It is aged for some ten years yet carries its age…