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Catalan Wines, UK House of Commons (17 JUL 1856)

Catalan wines were mentioned in the House of Commons during a debate on Wine Duties held on 17 July 1856.
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Commons Chamber
Thursday 17 July 1856
Volume 143


Wine Duties


"...The following is an extract from a letter from Mr. James Baker, H.B.M. Consul atBarcelona—
"The subject appears to me to be of paramount interest for Catalonia, where very excellent and by no means dear table wines are produced in a sufficient quantity to allow of considerable exportation; and, though I am unable to speak with a full knowledge of the subject, I cannot but look forward with very great interest to a development of this remunerating trade with England."

[Enclosure to Letter.]

"The fittest wines of Catalonia, for English consumers, are the Priorato dry wine, which would cost at Tarragona, placed on board, sixty hard dollars the Catalan pipe; and the same class of wine sweetened, to imitate Oporto, at eighty dollars the Portuguese pipe."
Many specimens of wine were presented at the recent Agricultural Exhibition held in Paris. From Catalonia alone no less than 103 different kinds are reported to be produced, varying in price from 75 centimes the bottle (about 7½ d.)..."

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