Sherry 1819 Ant. de la Riva
Amontillado Extra, Tonel, Jerez
Provenance: Christies London, 12/9/2002
Bottle may differ slightly from picture. M. Ant. de la Riva, Amontillado Extra Tonel, Jerez 1819: The Panic of 1819, the first major financial crisis in the United States, begins. The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, although only a fraction of the trip will be made under steam. The ship arrives at Liverpool, England on June 20. Desolation Island in the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic is discovered by Captain William Smith.
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Well before the Roman conquest some 2,200 years ago, the area around Cadiz, Spain already boasted a flourishing grape-growing and winemaking tradition. Canaanites, who founded the city around 900 b.c., brought vines and the winemaking trade with them. Greeks added to this knowledge and during Rome’s rule from about 200 b.c. to 100 a.d., Cadiz’s wine industry transformed from a local industry to a phenomenon throughout the known world. Vintages from the area around southern Spain soon were being shipped throughout the Empire. The drink that would become the sherry we know today was a favorite among the Roman elite.