It’s hard to avoid summer sangria these days. Bubbly sangria, rosé sangria, Hennessy sangria, red, white, blue sangria — the Spanish wine punch has deviated so far from its simple origins it’s nearly unrecognizable. For years, sangrias have been gracing red and white picnic cloths and restaurants with outdoor seating. Sangria seems endlessly adaptable, vaguely Spanish, […]
Danny Mena was at a mezcal conference in 2008 the first time he heard murmurings that the United States was in a mezcal boom.
Walk into any bar, and you’re likely to see a familiar tap or bottle: Guinness. The Irish stout is arguably the most well known imported beer in the United States. But how much do you really know about the brand? VinePair reached out to the head archivist of Guinness to bring you 10 facts about Guinness that […]
Here’s a theoretical question for you to roll around the old noodle: If you vividly remember a weird movie trailer, or a Simpsons joke, or a funny commercial from childhood, but are completely unable to find a trace of it on YouTube, did it ever truly air? Perhaps not.
The Reconstruction period of the United States immediately after the Civil War was the country’s attempt at a reset. Slavery was abolished, former slaves were made citizens, and black men were able to vote for the first time in the country’s history. But Reconstruction was also plagued by corruption that aided in the ultimate failure of […]
The history of New Orleans is soaked in booze. It’s dripping in cocktail culture, influential bars, and cocktail legends. Then there’s Bourbon Street: 13 blocks of strip clubs, bars, and debauchery. And where there’s debauchery in New Orleans, there’s a good chance there’s a bright, Ecto-Cooler green Hand Grenade in a plastic container nearby. Hand […]
The oldest wine barrel in the world is hidden beneath one of the oldest medical establishments in France. In the cellars below the University Hospitals of Strasbourg, a wine barrel marked with the date 1472 has survived fires, two world wars, and nearly 550 years. The cellar was founded in 1395, according to the Vins […]
Beer drinkers are used to seeing eye-catching beer labels — some good, some not so good. But stroll past a beer fridge and you might see a label that’s simple, nostalgic, and a throwback to the 1930s: the Guinness toucan. The toucan goes back to 1935 and the advertising firm S.H. Benson. Artist John Gilroy […]
In April of 1920, a permit asking for permission to purchase 34 gallons of rye whiskey for “scientific research for educational purposes” was filed at Johns Hopkins University. National Prohibition had just been enacted, and the country was officially dry. Alcohol for serious scientific purposes, however, was generally allowed. This particular serious scientific purpose? Whether […]