El Jerez de 1519: Dra. Mª del Carmen Borrego Pla/ Sherry wine in the year 1519: a Presentation by Dr. Maria del Carmen Borrego Pla


Nuestra Sherry Explorer Honoraria la Dra. Carmen Borrego Pla impartió como parte de la Cátedra del Vino de la Vendimia de Jerez la conferencia:   “El jerez de 1519. A las puertas de un laberinto oceánico de especies, porcelana y seda”.

Our Honorary Sherry Explorer, Dr. Carmen Borrego Pla, recently made a presentation, as part of the “Wine Professor´s” conferences (a part of the  City of Jerez Grape Harvest celebration), which was entitled: “Sherry wine in the year 1519.  Standing at the doors of an ocean labyrinth of spices, porcelain, and silk.” Doña Carmen nos contó que en la expedición de Magallanes y Elcano, los vinos de jerez no llegaron al continente asiático ya que se acabaron las existencias en el primer año de travesía cuando iban por el Estrecho de Magallanes.  Sería más adelante cuando el vino de Jerez pisaría tierras asiáticas gracias a los mexicanos.  México, un gran amante de los vinos jerezanos, enviaba un galeón al año con productos españoles y mexicanos a Filipinas.  Entre esos productos se encontraban los vinos de Jerez.  No se puede saber exactamente qué tipo de jerez es el primero que pisó Asia.  En documentos se especifica que es un vino añejo y que tenía una crianza.   Además, aseguraban que cuanto más tiempo permanecía en el barco, más bueno estaba.

Dr. Pla explained to us that on Magellan´s and Elcano´s voyage circumnavigating the globe, the Sherry wines aboard did not make it to the Asian continent, since they had already been consumed within the first year of a three-year voyage and as they reached what is now known as the Straits of Magellan.  It would be much later that Sherry wines would reach Asian shores, thanks to the Mexican people. México, which is a great fan of Sherry wines, one year sent a galleon full of Spanish and Mexican products to the Philippines. Amongst those products, of course, were Sherry wines.  Although we can’t be sure which of the different types of Sherry wines arrived first in Asia,  some documentary evidence indicates that what was sent was a wine that had been aged in a barrel for at least a few years. In fact,  after repeated shipments, it was expressed that the more time that the wine had spent on board the ship, the better the wine tasted.

Como todas sus ponencias, esta también fue interesantísima, aprendimos mucho y aquí compartimos con vosotros el enlace al youtube de la conferencia que merece la pena ver.

Like all of Dr. Pla’s presentations, this too was very interesting and we learned a lot.  Below is the YouTube link that includes the entirety of her presentation.  It is well-worth watching.

 

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