Sarah Jane Evans MW receives top Spanish honour
Last week, Sarah Jane Evans MW was granted the Officer’s Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of her ‘extraordinary services to Spain’.
Established in 1815, the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic is a Spanish civil order and honour granted to persons and institutions in acknowledgments of extraordinary services to Spain. The Order comes in recognition of her substantial contribution to the promotion of Spanish wine.
José Pascual Marco, Spain’s ambassador to the UK & Northern Ireland, said: “It is a pleasure to bestow the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica to Sarah Jane Evans. Her long-standing and contagious love for Spain and Spanish wines, which dates back to her time a student at the University of Cambridge, has led her to chair the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino, an organisation that has greatly helped raise the knowledge of the diversity and high quality of Spanish wines in the UK market.”
Evans commented: “It is an immense privilege to receive this decoration. I’m really touched, and even a little overwhelmed. I’d like to thank His Excellency The Ambassador of Spain to the UK & Ireland Mr. José Pascual Marco for bestowing this honour on me. Additionally, my heartfelt thanks also to all those who have helped me in my career in Spain and the UK.”
Evans, who is an award-winning wine writer and journalist, and former Chair of the Institute, is dubbed the U.K.’s Spanish wine expert. She is a certified Sherry educator; and has received the the awards of Dama de Albariño and Dama de Solear. Her books on Spain include renowned titles such as ‘Seville’, and ‘The Wines of Northern Spain’. She is currently writing ‘The Wines of Central and Southern Spain’. Sarah recently presented a Cava masterclass with Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW at the IMW HQ in London.