The World’s Oldest Winery Discovered As if making the oldest known leather shoe wasn‘t enough, a prehistoric people in what‘s now Armenia also built the world’s oldest known winery, a new study says. Undertaken at a burial site, their winemaking may have been dedicated to the dead—and it likely required the removal of any fancy […] [...more]
The Macallan is a single malt Scotch whisky, produced at Macallan Distillery near Easter Elchies House, at Craigellachie in the Speyside region. Originally, The Macallan was only matured in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones.
In 2007, a bottle of 1926 vintage The Macallan was sold at a Christie's auction for $54,000, making it one of the most expensive bottles of liquor ever sold. [...more]
A brief history of the Yuengling Brewery - The USA's oldest surviving brewery and an example of a lasting family business. [...more]
A short but affectionate tribute to Ernest Gallo - the co-founder of Gallo Wines who are one of the worlds most popular Wine makers. Along with his brother Julio he helped to create the worldwide demand for Californian Wines. [...more]
Sekt is the German term for sparkling wine. The majority of Sekt produced (around 95%) is made by the Charmat method with the remaining premium Sekt being made according to the méthode traditionnelle. [...more]
Cava is a quality sparkling wine produced in the designated area of the Cava region in Spain. It’s produced using specific methods, by which the second fermentation and ageing process take place in the same bottle that you uncork. This allows the bubbles to be produced in a natural way, following traditional methods. [...more]
A brief pictorial history of Whiskey and drinking of alcohol in America preceeds an exploration of the manufacture of Bourbon whiskey, with visits to the Jim Beam, and Maker's Mark distilleries. [...more]
Flash pasteurization is a method of heat pasteurization of perishable beverages like fruit and vegetable juices, beer, and dairy products. Compared to other pasteurization processes, some experts claim that it maintains color and flavours better.
A visit to Canada's Lighthouse Brewery [...more]
Trappist beer is beer or ale produced under the supervision of Trappist monks. While only seven breweries are recognized in the 21st century as authentic producers of Trappist beer, the practice of monasteries brewing alcohol is more than 1000 years old. Authentic versions of the beer must conform to several standards set by the International Trappist Association. [...more]
Grappa is an Italian alcohol which is made by distilling pomace, the leftovers of winemaking. The name grappa is in fact a reference to this, as it means “grape stems” in an Italian dialect. Many winemaking nations have their own versions of grappa, and these drinks tend to be very strong, fiery, and incredibly diverse. Grappa is probably most similar to brandy. Many Italian importers carry an array of grappa, and it can also be found stocked at some large markets.