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Is Wine Really Healthier Than Beer? | Time

Beginning in the 1980s, researchers noticed that the French—despite typically eating a diet with lots of foods containing saturated fat and cholesterol—had lower than expected rates of heart disease and early death. Some called this phenomenon the “French paradox,” and they went to work figuring out an explanation. Wine emerged as a …

Mother Vine Scuppernong Wine – Gastro Obscura

This sweet Southern elixir comes from what may be the oldest grape vine in North America. As 16th century European explorers landed on the shores of modern-day North Carolina, they continually wrote home about the grapes. In 1584, a British captain described a land “so full of grapes as the very …

Chatham Artillery Punch – Gastro Obscura

“As a vanquisher of men its equal has never been found.” An 1885 article for the Augusta Chronicle ascribes near-mythic strength to Chatham Artillery Punch, cautioning readers that “As a vanquisher of men its equal has never been found.” The journalist accredits one A.H. Luce with inventing this potent, large-format cocktail in the …

Bristol Milk – Gastro Obscura

Teething babies and royalty were fans of this British city’s signature sherry. The Prince of Wales, who would later rule England from 1901 until 1910 as Edward VII, is said to have once remarked that Bristol “must have some damn fine cows.” His praise referred not to the city’s dairy products, …

Whisky sour? Rare or fake Scotch exposed by carbon-dating | Reuters

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A large number of rare and collectable whiskies, sometimes sold for hundreds of thousand of pounds, are likely to be fake, researchers have found. Investigators from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre used carbon-dating to sample 55 bottles of Scotch bought through the secondary market, discovering that …