Provence Wines: France’s Most Underrated Region

Provence Wines: France’s Most Underrated Region

A sun-soaked vacation in Provence ranks high on the bucket lists of many travelers. Rightfully so, considering the numerous pristine beaches along the crystalline blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Not to mention the charming villages sprinkled along the coast,...

Mexico’s ‘white gold’

Mexico’s ‘white gold’

“You can sit there and drink pulque for hours and you just don't get drunk,” said an expert in Mexico’s epicurean delights. “Then you get up to leave and realize your legs don’t really work right. Your mind is completely clear, but your body doesn’t work.”We know that...

French Wine Brandy brotherhood: Cognac vs Armagnac.

French Wine Brandy brotherhood: Cognac vs Armagnac.

One of the most well-known types of French brandy is Cognac. While it may sound esoteric, it’s widely distributed–and often inexpensive. But Cognac isn’t the only great French spirit out there. If you’re really looking to get into the wonderful world of French brandy,...

America’s “noble experiment” – The Prohibition

America’s “noble experiment” – The Prohibition

On January 16 1919, the 18th Amendment went into effect one year later, by which time no fewer than 33 states had already enacted their own prohibition legislation. In October 1919, Congress put forth the National Prohibition Act, which provided guidelines for the...

Uncorking the use of corks and eight main types of them.

Uncorking the use of corks and eight main types of them.

Mankind has been using corks (or phelo in Greek) since the days of ancient Egypt, maintaining the quality of a wine even over a period of many years. Remnants of cork stoppers found in Egyptian tombs highlight just how far into the past cork usage goes and it’s...

Truths and myths about Champagne

Truths and myths about Champagne

Opulence, wealth, and enchanting myths envelop the elixir of kings—champagne. Having champagne grace your table during Christmas infuses an air of elegance and festivity into the celebration. The effervescent bubbles and crisp taste of champagne evoke a sense of...