Aged in the solera system for over 4 years, this fino is a pale, straw-colored wine, with a bouquet delicate (almondy) and sharp, without acidity, very dry and light on the palate. Always served cold from the fridge. Drink, once opened, within 4 or 5 days. In 1835 in Jerez, Spain, Manuel Maria Gonzalez, an ambitious 23 year old, set up the first manifestation of the company that was ultimately to become Gonzalez Byass. Young Manuel was mentored in this by his uncle, José Angel de la Pena, (affectionately known as Pepe), already a renowned authority on sherry and its production. It was natural therefore that in 1837 Manuel should give the first, tiny bodega (cellar) over to his uncle so that the older man could potter away at his passion to create a delicate sherry to his own, personal taste. (At the time dry, Fino sherries were enjoyed only by a very few locals in Jerez). The beautifully dry taste of José Angel’s wine proved a great success and in 1849 Manuel named what is now the world’s best-selling Fino after its creator, (tio being Spanish for uncle) – TIO PEPE.