wine in history

WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

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 […]

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Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

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 […]

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How To Remove The Foil Capsule Covering The Wine Bottle And Why It’s There in The First Place

How To Remove The Foil Capsule Covering The Wine Bottle And Why It’s There in The First Place

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 […]

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In Honor Of Jefferson’s Birthday: 7 Fun Wine Facts About America’s Third President

In Honor Of Jefferson’s Birthday: 7 Fun Wine Facts About America’s Third President

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. […]

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