Tuesday, 24 February 2015
24.2.15 Another Award for Gonzalez Byass; Oliver Hardy in Jerez; Interesting Figures
González Byass Palo Cortado Añada 1982 has been chosen as the best Spanish Fortified Wine 2014 by Premios Verema. It was the readers of the Verema website, the most widely read Spanish site on wine matters, who chose this unique Palo Cortado for its quality. It comes from a much reduced number of butts and forms a part of the bodega’s Private Collection range.
Fifty years have now passed since the death of Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel’s comedy partner. Two years before they won an Oscar, Oliver Hardy paid a solo visit to Jerez where he signed a butt at González Byass, a butt still conserved to this day. Amazingly it seems that the press never found out, however Jerez’ own expert and cine sleuth, José Luís Jiménez did!
Here are some interesting figures: comparative total sales of the biggest-selling DO’s from January-November 2014. Let’s all work together to get Sherry a higher place in the table!
1. Cava: €672m
2. Rioja: €423m
3. Ribera del Duero: €262m
4. Rueda: €150m
5. La Mancha: €131m
6. Sherry: €115m (inc. €30.4m in Spain)
7. Valdepeñas: €107m
8. Rias Baixas: €91m