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The wine of victory

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Admiral Horatio Nelson, (1758-1805) was one of Great Britain’s most venerable sea commanders, having distinguished himself in countless naval engagements. In 1800 he commissioned 500 barrels of Marsala wine to be delivered to England’s Mediterranean fleet on an annual basis. In 1805, after resoundingly defeating the combined French and Spanish armada at the Battle of Trafalgar, Marsala came to be known as “Marsala Victory Wine.” Clearly Nelson knew a good thing when he saw it. Sadly, he didn’t live to see his beloved Marsala exalted as a commemoration of his success as he gave his life at Trafalgar.