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How Liquor Stores Came About in the U.S.

You might notice that in different parts of the country, people use various names to refer to a liquor store. For instance, in North Carolina, they go to an ABC Store to purchase a bottle of whiskey. The term ‘ABC’ is, in fact, an abbreviation of Alcoholic Beverage Control commission which operates liquor stores in the state. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, they call these shops ‘red dot stores.’ The reason behind this is because most Palmetto State liquor stores have three red dots on their signs. In Pennsylvania refer to this as a ‘state store’ while in Michigan, they frequent ‘party stores’ for their booze. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, they use the term ‘package store’ or ‘packy.’...

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History of the Bronx

Also known referred to as ‘Uptown,’ ‘The BX,’ and ‘The Boogie Down Bronx,’ The Bronx is one of the five boroughs in New York City and home to some of the area’s best breweries and restaurants. While most people associate this place with hip-hop culture, not many are aware of its rich history. So, in this post, we’ll take a brief look into how The Bronx became the melting pot of culture that we know today. Before the European Settlement Before the Europeans settled in the Bronx in the early 1600s, natives referred to it as Ranachqua and Keskeskeck. What we now know as the Bronx River used to be called the Aquahung River. The whole area was named after...

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The History of Wine in Italy

It’s undeniable that Italy’s culture has been defined by its people’s love for wine. As several publications have pointed out, Italian dinners are never complete without wine and bread. Since we love drinking Tuscans, prosecco, and Chianti, it’s only fitting that we learn more about the country’s wine history. Who Introduced Grapes to Italy? It is widely believed that the Greeks were the first to recognize Italy’s potential for wine production. After they settled in present-day Sicily, they were amazed with how fertile the land was. As such, they imported grape vines and decided to call the place Oenotria, which means ‘land of wine.’ Of course, we will not forget to mention the Etruscans. Around 700 BCE, this group of...

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Do You Know Who Invented Wine?

Whenever you’re sipping your favorite Italian red, have ever given thought to the person who invented wine? Indeed, wine has withstood the test of time and has continued to evolve over the thousands of years it existed. To this day, it is part of everyday culture and it comes in more styles and flavors than one can imagine. Most of us are aware that the beverage has a rich, significant history. However, the topic of its origin has been subjected to much debate and interpretation. Is there anyone who truly know the inventor of wine? Can historians trace its origin? Nomadic Humans Historians had hypothesized that the nomadic, early humans would gather berries and fruits like wild grapes. When they...

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Go Ahead, Chill A Red Wine

Most of us were told that white wine should be chilled and reds should be served at room temperature. After all, the refreshing acid comes out when you chill white wine. Now, we typically serve the reds at room temperature to reduce the grainy tannins. The result is a smoother and richer wine. However, now and then, we can break the rules and still get satisfying results. So, despite conventional practice, you might still ask, “Should I chill red wine?” Well, yes, you can. However, it still depends on various factors that we’ll discuss in this blog post. Understand the Basics First Even if you plan to break the rules in serving and storing red wine, you should still learn...

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