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Tio Pepe Sherry 75cl

Tio Pepe Sherry 75cl

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Tío Pepe is best known for its classic fino-style sherry, which is the driest and palest form of sherry on the market. Unlike its competitors, fino is consumed at a fairly young age so it can be enjoyed without the prominent sweetness that appears in older styles. It’s Made from 100 Percent Jerez Superior Grapes. Tío Pepe En Rama first launched in 2009. En Rama means “straight from the cask” and signifies a style without clarification or filtration. After tasting the sherry straight from the barrel, The U.K. Wine Society requested a batch be bottled straight from the barrel. The first batch was sent to the U.K. as Tío Pepe En Rama and it sold out in two days. Now the wine can be found internationally. There’s a Kosher Version. Tío Pepe is not only fino sherry but Jerez fino sherry. This style boasts a stronger flavor because it is aged beneath a thinner layer of flor (a protective yeast) than other finos. The Regulatory Council requires that only 60 percent of the grapes used in a Jerez fino sherry come from the Jerez Superior Zone, but 100 percent of the grapes used in Tío Pepe come from Jerez Superior. Tío Pepe Is Named After Family.

While Uncle Jose, or Tio Pepe, helped his nephew start the company he didn’t officially work for González Byass, or get paid. Instead, he simply asked for somewhere he could go with his friends to drink his favorite sherry. His nephew obliged and built him the Tío Pepe Rebollo cellar, where Tío Pepe En Rama is still aged today. There’s a Special, Unfiltered Version. In 1936, Tío Pepe became the first registered trademark in Spain, which helped build the brand into an international icon. Today, the Tío Pepe neon reigns over the main square in Madrid, and remains one of only three neon signs allowed in the city. It’s Beloved by Famous Artists. In addition to classic Tío Pepe variations, oenophiles can also find Tío Pepe Kosher. Its entire production — from grape growing to vinification to bottling — is certified Shomer Shabbat in accordance with the talmudic laws. Even the yeasts used are procured from a different source (Kosher wines) but the winemakers insist the classic and kosher versions remain very similar. The main difference is that Tío Pepe Kosher offers a fuller body because the exclusive solera used limits rotation. Fans Like to Think of It as White Wine.

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The use of the small copita, or traditional sherry glass, does not allow the full aromas of the fino to become apparent. However, when pouring the sherry neat into a white wine glass, with its large bowl and narrow top, the sherry's aromatics are released. The inviting aromas, the essence of the sherry, is carried up to the top of the glass with a simple swirl for full appreciation. Tio Pepe adds it is best to enjoy the fino very chilled. In 1936, the logo became a part of Madrid's skyline, capping the top of the Hotel Paris in Puerta del Sol. History of Madrid reports the logo and associated sign reading "Tio Pepe, Sol de Andalucia Embotellado!" (Andalusian sun bottled) began as an advertising campaign. The neon sign stayed on the hotel's rooftop for over 80 years, becoming a fixture in the community. Tio Pepe's sign had been allowed to remain through the decades as locals felt it was a natural part of Puerta del Sol's identity, a landmark. González Byass was created in 1835 by Manuel Maria González and remains in family hands today, now in the fifth and sixth generation. Founded in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, in the heart of Sherry country, it is dedicated to the production of high-quality sherries.

The Sherry triangle, made up of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda, has a unique microclimate influenced by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and Guadalquivir and Guadalete rivers. Production is dominated by the Palomino variety, and vines are planted in the white Albariza soil, with high chalk content which is excellent for retaining moisture. These soil conditions, combined with over 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, fresh, humid breezes from the west (poniente) and warm, dry breezes from the east (levante) have formed the perfect marriage with the Palomino variety to produce an array of sherry styles. Over the years, fans have promoted Tío Pepe as a close alternative to dry white wine. This has led to great success for the brand because its flavor profile is so far from the nutty sweetness of many classic sherries. In fact, in 1844, the first recorded mention of fino sherry was written in a letter by Robert Blake Byass to Manuel Maria González in which Byass commented on the “very, very pale wine” that González had recommended. It’s Great for Dinner Parties. Tío Pepe is excellent when served alongside food, and pairs well with canapés, tapas, seafood, and even ramen. Because of its delicate structure, most pros suggest consuming it in one sitting — but it can be re-corked and refrigerated for up to a week from opening. The Brand Was the First Registered Trademark in Spain.



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