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Sandeman's WW2 sherry is returned home

Published:  25 October, 2013

A bottle of Sandeman Golden Oloroso Sherry from 1937 was returned home this week after spending more than 70 years in the US.

The sherry was bottled at Sandeman's St Swithin's Lane cellars in London and wound up being shipped in the clearance process while the cellars were being converted to an air-raid shelter.

The bottle was collected from Santa Barbara, California, where it had resided for the past 70 years, by seventh-generation family member, George Sandeman. He transported the bottle to St Swithin's Lane and to the site of the historic Sandeman cellar - now the Sign of the Don, a bistro and bar.

The bottle is considered to be "beyond value" and will be displayed in the bistro, among other Sandeman memorabilia including sculptures made from the iron hoops from old barrels, as well as wooden chairs made from the sherry containers.