Beyond Bubbles: The Essence of Champagne

Pop and fizz, tiny pearlescent bubbles of celebration. Another year has begun, and the drink of choice to commemorate a joyous moment of camaraderie and excitement? Champagne: The iconic bubbly and companion to all momentous occasions universally. How did this wine beverage become so synonymous with celebrations? At what moment did Champagne become the standard of … More Beyond Bubbles: The Essence of Champagne

Red, White, and Madeira

Picture this: It is July 4, 1776, and the Continental Congress of the thirteen rebellious American colonies has just adopted a wildly liberal document called The Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the document, along with his four co-authors, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin, are surely settling into a … More Red, White, and Madeira

The Gospel of Wine

When, exactly, was the beginning of viniculture as we know it? Obviously, wild grapevines have been growing on earth as long as there has been vegetation on the planet; but when, exactly, did humans start cultivating grapes to make wine? This question is fiercely debated by scholars who are schooled way beyond my level of … More The Gospel of Wine

The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

“They had put the president’s health, well being and safety in my hands, under their threat to me. How had they put it? ‘We entrust the sacred life of Mr. Lincoln to your keeping. If you don’t protect it, never return to Illinois, or we will murder you on sight.’ I didn’t drop my guard … More The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR

Check out my guest post on the blog, New Modern Republicans. I think you might appreciate some of my insights–after several glasses of wine, of course. You can find the link to the post here: Introducing our Distinguished D.C. Guest Blogger-Jacqueline Coleman. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them here, or … More History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR