Sherry 1847 Gonzales Byass
Solera del rey, Oloroso Dulce
Provenance: Cannes Besch, 12/29/2012
González Byass is one of Spain's most well-known sherry bodegas. Its origin can be traced to 1835 when the business was started by Manuel María González Angel, who was subsequently joined by his English agent, Robert Blake Byass. The business was further expanded by the second generation of the González family. The firm produces the fino sherry Tío Pepe. Besides sherry winemaking, they’ve also participated in the introduction of the polo game in Spain, the first grass tennis court, the installation of the first electric lighting and running water in the plant, the first train project in Spain as well as numerous other industrial and cultural innovations. 1847: Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the U.S government. His business expanded rapidly after 1847, when the Texas Rangers ordered 1,000 revolvers during the American war with Mexico. During the American Civil War, his factory in Hartford supplied both to the North and the South. Colt died in 1862 as one of the wealthiest men in America. E.H. Booth & Co. Ltd was founded in June 1847 when 19-year-old tea dealer Edwin Henry Booth opened a shop called The China House in Blackpool. In 1863, he added the sale of wines and spirits, and branches were opened in Lytham in 1879 and Blackburn in 1884. The business was incorporated as a private limited company in 1896. Carlsberg was founded by J. C. Jacobsen. Export of Carlsberg beer began in 1868; foreign brewing began in 1968 with the opening of a Carlsberg brewery in Blantyre, Malawi. The United States issues its first postage stamps with pictures (portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington).
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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.
This famous sherry producer was founded 1835 but came to Oporto 1895. It was first represented by Hunt Roope but disagreement caused that in 1896 they started to declare their own port. From 1901 they were sole buyers of Quinta de Roriz owned by the van Zeller family. Their own best quinta was Quinta de Sabordella.1983 the House was sold to Vasconsellos and 1989 Sandeman bought this firm and ended Gonzalez Byass history.
Mr M. Gonzalez was part of the Gonzalez Byass family and when the firm of Gonzalez Byass was sold he retained Quinta do Sabordella and started producing port in his own name. He died in the late 1980's and produced only one vintage under his own name - 1985.