The Spanish Chamber of Commerce hosted a very special event on Thursday 11th February. Our Patrons and Benefactors had the unique opportunity to attend a wine and Ibérico ham tasting in one of the most outstanding suites of Grange Hotels, Patron of the Chamber.

To start off the evening, our top-tier members were welcomed at the Presidential Suite of the Grange City Hotel, with a glass of delicious Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé kindly provided by Codorníu Raventós, Patron of the Chamber, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the City of London.

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Codorníu Raventós and Spanish Ham Master, Patron and member of the Chamber respectively, provided a delicious wine and ham for the event.

The event was a perfect chance to foster relationships between our top-tier members and develop new professional relations.

Igor Urra, our Secretary General, requested attention in order to thank all the attendees and to briefly introduce the speakers for the event. He announced Óscar Urrutia, Rioja & Prestige Wines Manager at Codorníu who, as a wine expert, engaged the audience with the history of Bodegas Bilbaínas, the oldest bottler of wine in Spain and nowadays part of Codorníu Group. He took our guests through the evolution of the vineyards and milestones achieved since its foundation, highlighting how the winery has maintained the personal style that has given its flagship label, Viña Pomal, international presence.


Óscar Urrutia, Prestige Wine Manager at Grupo Codorníu and wine expert during his engaging speech about Bilbaínas Winery.

Mr. Urrutia then gave way to José Sol, ham master carver in the UK and founder of Spanish Ham Master, Member Company of the Chamber. He opened his speech with a little history of the business, since its birth in 2010 as a company dedicated to covering events around the Jamón World.  Mr. Sol explained how his company is specialised in events around the world of ham, giving support and advice in the business industry. He also showed his pride of being the ambassador of 5J-Cinco Jotas, known as the best ham in the world.


José Sol, ham master carver and founder of Spanish Ham Master, during his friendly and pleasant presentation.

Once the speeches had finished Patrons and Benefactors had the opportunity to mingle while attending a first-class carving service guided by one of the top ham carvers in London and to pair it with the superb velvety flavoured Viña Pomal Reserva.

We would very much like to thank everyone who shared this evening with us. We are also extremely grateful to Grange Hotels, for having kindly hosted this event giving us the opportunity to enjoy the astonishing views over London’s skyline and helping us to create a fantastic atmosphere.


The spacious suite allowed the guests to mingle in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere

Likewise, we are also sincerely grateful to Codorníu Raventós for their continuous support providing the cava and red wine and to Spanish Ham Master, member of the Chamber, for having kindly provided once again Ibérico ham for this unique event.

Should you want to have a hint of the activities we organise for our members, do not miss the opportunity to join us at future events by signing up to our weekly newsletter or browsing our Upcoming Events section on our website.

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