Born in Sevilla and educated in Granada and Cadiz,[b] Paola Medina Sheldon [/b]is Andalucian to the core. After earning degrees in chemistry from the University of Granada and Enology from the University of Cadiz she went on to achieve Masters degrees in Viticulture, Enology, and Legislation from the Polytechnic University in Madrid. A second-generation member of the Medina family, which owns [url=http://www.bodegas-williams-humbert.com/?lan=en][b]Bodegas Williams & Humbert[/b][/url], Medina Sheldon worked at several wineries throughout Spain before joining the family business in 2001, taking over as Wine Maker and Technical Director in 2010.
Williams & Humbert was founded by two British brothers-in-law, Alexander Williams and Arthur Humbert in 1877, and it has been owned by the Medina family since the 1960s. Although the members of the first generation of Medinas that ran Williams & Humbert was all male, the next generation includes not only Medina Sheldon as winemaker but her cousin Cristina Medina Polavieja, as head of marketing. Located just outside of Jerez de la Frontera, the capital of Sherry, Williams & Humbert, own over 12,000 acres of vineyards and boast that theirs is the largest winery in Europe.
And it's no surprise that the company has an impressive selection of Sherry, including the best known Dry Sack. Between the intricacies of the winemaking process and the size of her family’s operation, Medina Sheldon certainly has her hands full. Here, she shares her favorite Sherry and food pairings and why she became a winemaker.