Britain: Who Will Have a Sherry?

Not since 1578, when Sir Francis Drake sacked Cadiz and sailed away with 3,000 casks of the rich, golden drink, have Spanish vintners been so outraged by British treatment of their proudest export — sherry. In London's Royal Courts of Justice, Spanish and British wine merchants are arguing a question that, depending on who loses, could sour a big business. The question:

Who can call a sherry a sherry?

The plaintiffs, four British sherry producers, are demanding that they not be enjoined from using the word "sherry" on their labels The defendants, Pedro Domecq, Gonzalez Byass (Tio Pepe) and two...

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