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Sarah Jane Evans MW appointed chair
Sarah Jane Evans MW has been appointed the new Chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.
Her appointment to the role was carried unanimously by the GOCV’s 63 members which includes some of the UK and Spain’s most renowned and respected wine trade professionals, journalists and winery owners.
She takes over from Nick Room, ex-Waitrose buyer and director at RT Wine Solutions, who held the position for 10 years and follows on from a long line of Spanish wine experts who have held the position since the GOCV was founded in 1984.
Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Jane Evans MW said, “I am touched and excited to have been elected Chairman. It was an enormous privilege to become a Caballero, and I have so enjoyed being part of a network of exceptional people in the UK and Spain. Along with the new Steering Committee, I look forward to continuing our work of educating about and promoting Spanish wine. This is more important than ever in these difficult times.”
Fernando Muñoz Naranjo, Director of Foods, Wines and Gastronomy at the Spanish Commercial Office in London, added, “We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sarah Jane for being appointed Chair of one of the most eminent organisations in the field of Spanish wines.” He continued, “The GOCV is one of our most important partnerships and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration. We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to Nick Room, for his decade-long leadership and dedication to the GOCV.”
Wednesday 8 April
Caballeros will be very sorry to hear of the death of Iñigo Cañedo, a good friend to many, who worked tirelessly in the promotion of Spanish wines for some twenty years.
The news also came today of the death from Covid-19 of Alfonso Cortina, who established the Pago de Vallegarcia, which became a DOP in June 2019.
Coronavirus – GOCV announcement
Monday 6 April, 2020
A message from GOCV Chair, Nick Room
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino has for 36 years stood alongside the Spanish wine industry with members from both the UK and Spain. Never has this friendship been more important than today, in the face of this global health challenge.
With a membership drawn from every aspect of the world of wine – producers, restaurateurs, buyers, journalists – as Caballeros we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends working for Spanish wine in Spain, and in the UK, together with Wines from Spain, their wine committees, promotions agencies and event organisers.
When we re-emerge, then we will meet again with renewed energy.
In the meantime we encourage those is desperate need in the UK drinks industry to contact The Drinks Trust.
New date confirmed 36th Investiture dinner
Thursday 2 April, 2020
Following the announcement that the annual GOCV dinner had to be postponed we are delighted to confirm a new date has now been secured: Thursday 22 October, 2020.
All ticket holders have been contact directly. If you have any queries please contact the organisers by email, click here.
New GOCV Scholar announced
Wednesday 22 January, 2020
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino is delighted to announce that the 2020 recipient of its annual WSET Diploma prize has been awarded to Tom Boddy, retail support manager, Majestic Wine.
As part of the prize, the GOCV will host Tom on an educational trip round Spain’s leading wine regions later this year and also welcome him as an honorary member for 2020 at the GOCV investiture dinner in London in March.
I fell in love with wine on family holidays to the Languedoc in my early teens, and knew that I wanted to explore more about the subject. After finishing my university studies (studying French, Spanish & Catalan at the University of Birmingham) I began working for Majestic Wine. Whilst working across our stores in the West Midlands, I worked my way up through the WSET qualifications, culminating in receiving the Diploma in January 2020. Five years since I joined the company, I now work at Majestic Support Centre in Watford, dealing with our network of 200 stores on a daily basis. Outside of work, my hobbies include playing and watching sport, cooking and learning to play the bass guitar. I am excited to continue working in wine for the rest of my career and to see how far in the industry I can progress!Tom Boddy, 2020 WSET Diploma Prize winner: Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino
35th Annual Investiture Dinner
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino annual dinner event, held on Tuesday 5th March, welcomed members and their guests to honour two new Caballeros who were officially inducted into the order: Pierre Mansour and Paul Shinnie.
The ceremony was officiated by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Spain, Don Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, and the CEO of ICEX, María Peña Mateos.
Hosted at The Dorchester Hotel, guests dined on a menu inspired by Spain and prepared by chef Mario Perera, paired with — unsurprisingly — a superb selection of Spanish wines.
New 2019 Caballeros announced
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino is delighted to announce two new members have been elected in 2019; Pierre Mansour, head of buying, The Society; and Paul Shinnie, buyer, Alliance Wines.
Mansour is an industry veteran and is currently the head of buying for The Wine Society. He sources the Spanish wines and, during his tenure, sales of those wines have increased notably. As he has a close relationship with many top winemakers from Spain, he has special access to some of their best and most unusual wines.
Shinnie has extensive experience in importing and retail and he used to run wine import company Vinites UK. His focus there was on providing the UK market with top quality wines from Spain, especially ones from lesser known regions. He eventually sold it to Alliance Wine and joined their team as a buyer.
Following these two appointments the GOCV currently has 66 active members.