The origins of mulled wine are murky, but the concept (masking subpar hooch with spice-rack staples) is as old as time. Greeks and Romans sugared and spiced runoff wine as early as the 2nd century. In the Middle Ages, folks lacking access to potable water spiked wine and cider with “medicinal” infusions like honey, saffron, bay […]
wine in history
My grandmother was a stern, fastidious woman. She had a live-in housekeeper, and her home was always tidy. She wore expensive jewelry and got her hair done professionally several times a week. She frequently sent back food at restaurants and would chew out waiters who brought her an imperfectly made Martini. So it was quite […]
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.
Why the hell are wines from the Napa Valley so expensive? As the owner of an international wine shop for seven years, I definitely sold my share of Napa Valley wine. The catch was that my wine shop was in downtown NYC — not an area of the city where one buys $60 Napa Valley reds and whites […]
You may know it from Tupac, Key & Peele, or Dr. Evil, but “pouring one out” is a lot older than you might think. It’s actually straight-up ancient. Just a quick refresher for the uninitiated: pouring one out refers to “the act of pouring liquid (usually an alcoholic beverage) on the ground as a sign […]
Let’s all admit it, at one point or another while opening a bottle of wine, we’ve all wondered what the heck that foil capsule was doing on the bottle. While a bottle would look naked to us without one, does the capsule actually serve a purpose besides causing us to complete an extra step on […]
Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (cheers to you, president). While you probably know him best for being the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, you may not have pegged the president as a wine mogul. However, believe it or not, Jefferson was a huge fan of European wine – and bringing it to America. […]