On June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar was shot to death in his Miami home during a home invasion. He was a musician, photographer, and an up-and-coming bartender in the trendy Wynwood district of Miami. After his death, friends described him as a major influence in the cocktail community, and as the type of person who […]
American beer history varies depending on what area of the country you’re talking about. In the Northeast, the beer was inspired largely by the English. In the midwest, however, everything was German — the people, the heritage, and the beer. Remnants of Ohio’s German-inspired beer history live on in Cincinnati, in a hollowed-out tunnel 30 […]
It’s hard to ignore the prominence of wine in the Bible. According to the ”Oxford Companion to Wine,” the vine is mentioned more than any other plant.
We Americans have a complicated history with alcohol. It’s one that’s been deeply influenced by immigration, but also by xenophobia. For 13 years we didn’t allow the sale of alcohol at all, which lead to bootlegging priests and bootlegging rabbis. And then Prohibition was repealed and the real party started. The sale of beer officially became […]
Imagine being a sailor during the heyday of exploration, colonization, and ship travel: months-long journeys with nothing but open water, a ship full of fellow sailors, and preserved food that left a lot to be desired. It’s not hard to see why booze played a huge role in the lives of seamen.
Americans drink 40 percent of the world’s rum. There’s Bacardi, Sailor Jerry’s, Appleton Estate, the list goes on. What it does not include is arguably the best rum of them all: Havana Club rum from Cuba. For 55 years, Americans have been starved of Havana Club.
Humans in general have a thing for alcohol. Drinking alcohol has been a part of the human experience for essentially as long as there have been humans. But why do humans like alcohol so much? The answer could go all the way back to evolution and what’s known as the drunken monkey hypothesis.
People in Japan don’t drink much wine — just an average of four bottles a year per person, according to Kiyoshi Yokoyama, the chairman of Japan Wineries Association. But the history of wine in Japan goes way back, further back than the history of wine in the United States, in fact. In 1543, Portuguese Jesuits sailed […]
Every year, the Court of Master Sommeliers adds a few new members to its ranks. With a dismal 8 percent pass rate, the test to become a Master Sommelier is widely considered one of the hardest tests in the world. That difficulty has led to a level of prestige for the 236 Master Sommeliers.