Sherry 1835 Hales Tooke
Opaque, handblown bottle
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 11/21/1991
Sherry 1835 Hales Tooke, handblown bottle, 75 cl. 1835: An assassination is attempted against United States President Andrew Jackson in the United States Capitol (the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States). Rail transport in Belgium: a railway is opened between Brussels and Mechelen, the first in continental Europe. The Australian city of Melbourne is founded by John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner. The Great Fire of New York destroys 530 buildings, including the New York Stock Exchange.
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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.