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How Much Rum Would You Have Drank in 1655?

Through the 17th century Rum became a big enough product that it influenced the function and politics of many countries.

This might seem a bold claim for a spirit that today ranks about 3rd on peoples’ list of favorites spirits. However, by 1655 the island of Barbados alone was producing 900,000 gallons (3.4 million liters) annually.

Each English colony in the Caribbean made an obscene amount of money making Rum. However, the Spanish colonies were forbidden to export rum, so they never made any. Out of fear of Rum taking over, the Spanish wine industry convinced the king to adopt this law, and this is why the real Captain Morgan did not drink Rum!

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So…Australia has a Wine Fountain?!

Australia is making leaps and bounds in the realm of social infrastructure.

In Melbourne’s Skyline Terrace a winter wonderland has cropped up (it is currently winter in the southern hemisphere). It boasts an ice rink, hourly snow showers, and a pour your own wine fountain!

It has two spigots that dispense either Rosé or Shiraz.

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What Can An Electronic Tongue Do For You?

Scientists have created an Electronic Tongue, which is capable of detecting distinct flavors in liquids. This can have an impact on a wide range of applications from testing our waterways for pollution to development of food & beverage products.

Also, when it tastes something for the first time it creates a fingerprint of all the individual flavors present. This allows the electronic tongue to acquit or convict a suspicious booze as counterfeit—which has long been a problem in the world of rare wines.

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What Would It Take For You to Pay $9 for 1 Popsicle?

At Disney’s shopping center located in Bay Lake, Florida you can now buy alcoholic popsicles. This is only available at Disney Springs (and not the main parks with all the rides).

The available boozy-flavors are: White Sangria, Berry Sangria, Mango Mimosa, Back Porch Peach, and Sparkling Strawberry.

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Are You Ready For A Wine & Cheese-It Night?

Wine & cheese together have been entertaining people for thousands of years. Now, this timeless duo is ready for a remix, and Cheese-Its have answered the call.

For a limited time at House Wine‘s webpage you can purchase a red wine blend along with Cheese-Its that come in the same box! Elsewhere on the internet, you can find recommendations on wine & Cheese-It pairings, but these must be purchased the old fashioned way: separately.

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How to Recycle Your Leftover Wine into DIY Vinegar

Sure, the macho answer is why are you leaving any wine behind in the first place? But the fact of the matter is that sometimes after a wine-night not all of the vino gets consumed—which leads to a mournful emptying into the sink.

Homemade vinegar offers a happy and creative solution for using any leftover wine. Furthermore, it is incredibly easy to make! Here is a full recipe, but the gist of it is: mix wine, water, and a friendly bacteria called Mother of Vinegar in a jar covered with cheesecloth.

After a wee bit of waiting you will have a fresh, tangy, homemade vinegar over which to brag to your friends!

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How Did Beer Teach Wine Makers to Start Aging in Wooden Barrels?

Before the Gauls—the people inhabiting modern day France & Belgium—succumbed to Roman armies 2,300 years ago, wine was stored and transported in clay pots. These pots (called amphorae) originated with the ancient Egyptians.

Upon invading the Gallic Empire of western Europe, the Romans noticed that the locals transported their beer in light weight & sturdy barrels made out of oak. After they switched to these wooden containers for their wine, the Romans noticed how oak barrels influenced the flavor of their wines.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Wine-Picnic?

Not everybody loves wine, and not everybody loves picnics. But for the people who do, designer Cedes Milano has created a travel wine kit.

The leather-bound box holds not only two bottles of wine, but two stemmed glasses, two water-tight caps, a wine opener, and a thermometer.

For just $2,400 all of your wine-guzzeling needs come strapped securely in a box

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Illegal Highland Whiskey in Virginia?

If you make whiskey in America, it is illegal to print the word Highland on the bottle.

Just like France protects the word Champagne from applying to any bubbling wine made outside of the Champagne region, Scotland fiercely defends Scotch Whisky from foreign impersonators.

The Scotch Whisky Association is currently suing the Virginia Distillery Company for its use of Highland on one of its bottles. While the Virginia-based booze-maker transparently points out on its label that it is a blend of Virginia & Scotch whiskies, it is still in violation of U.S. federal regulations.

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