Today is the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, the great American actor and film director. While many might recall the television advertisements he did for Domecq Double Century Cream Sherry, fewer might know that he loved Jerez, visiting many times, and was a great ambassador for Sherry.
He was a huge fan of flamenco and bullfighting and became a friend of the Domecq family, one of whose members was Álvaro Domecq, a famous rejoneador (horseback bullfighter). Welles frequently referred to Sherry as the “best wine in the world” and was inducted into the Order of Tio Pepe by the Marqués de Torresoto in 1961, signing a butt at the bodega. (From an article by R.G. in más jerez)
The famous Jerez torero Juan José Padilla has been giving a masterclass to the newly constituted Juventud Taurina Jerezana (Junior Bullfighting Jerez). Watched avidly by the youngsters and their families Juan José, along with some members of his team, explained and demonstrated the various moves in the beautiful surroundings of the events hall of the bodega Real Tesoro, producer of Fino Tio Mateo.
|Juan Jose (L) with his muleta|
Fino Tio Mateo from bodegas Real Tesoro (Grupo Estevez) has had a facelift. The old label, similar to that of Palomino & Vergara (who once owned the brand) has been revamped and modernised. The bottle has been changed too, from the standard Real Tesoro shape to a tall round style, now with a screwcap. Furthermore, the wine itself has been improved to achieve the maximum freshness and calcareous character of the albariza soils while maintaining the wine’s intense flor notes.
|The new more contemporary version|
|Palomino & Vergara's latter label (foto:todocoleccion)|