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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Finca La Emperatriz

Allowing Riojas to be bottled under a new, vineyard-led classification seems an obvious step in defining quality. But, says Sarah Jane Evans MW, the Viñedos Singulares initiative has led to…

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 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…