Prehistoric Wine Discovered in Inaccessible Caves Forces a Rethink of Ancient Sicilian Culture

Deep inside Monte Kronio, hot, humid and sulfurous caves held an ancient secret. Giuseppe Savino, La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche By Dr. Davide Tanasi / 02.14.2018 Assistant Professor of History Center for Visualization and Applied Spatial Techniques (CVAST) University of South Florda Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in[…]

Craft Beer is Becoming the Wine of New England by Redefining ‘Terroir’

Pouring Saison, a classic Belgian farmhouse-style ale, at Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine. Allagash Brewing, CC BY    By Dr. Daina Cheyenne Harvey (left) and Dr. Ellis Jones (right) / 01.12.2018 Harvey: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Jones: Assistant Professor of Sociology College of the Holy Cross The U.S. craft beer industry is exploding. Although two[…]

The History of Alcohol Temperance and Prohibition in America

By Dr. K. Austin Kerr Professor Emeritus of American History The Ohio State University Why Prohibition? Why did the United States have a prohibition movement, and enact prohibition? We offer some generalizations in answer to that question. Prohibition in the United States was a measure designed to reduce drinking by eliminating the businesses that manufactured,[…]

Mistletoe and (a Large) Wine: Increasing Sizes of Wine Glasses over 300 Years

Enamelled Jacobite portrait glass. / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors probably celebrated Christmas with more modest wine consumption than we do today – if the size of their wine glasses are anything to go by. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that the capacity of wine glasses has increased[…]

Coffee, Alcohol, and the History of Human Civilization

Making Irish coffee / Photo by Frettie, Wikimedia Commons The cavemen were drunk and revolutionaries were caffeinated. By Chelsea Follett / 03.01.2017 CATO Institute No two drugs have defined human civilization the way alcohol and caffeine have. Nature created both to kill creatures much smaller than us — plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts[…]

A History of the Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville) Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, 2016 / Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates By Peter Blecha / 09.04.2017 Introduction Chateau Ste. Michelle is a Woodinville-based winery that is Washington’s largest fine-wine producer. The business was built upon the foundation of the state’s most successful winemaking firm, Seattle’s American Wine Growers (AWG). AWG had corporate roots dating back to[…]

Medieval Monks and Alcohol

Pious drinking. Walter Dendy Sadler via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Michael Foley / 11.17.2017 Associate Professor of Patristics Baylor University Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly,[…]