DRINK TIME

Legends, historical facts, cultural events, great discoveries… From civilization’s beginnings to the latest scientific advances, drinks have always been tightly intertwined with humanity’s history.

The great question of oenological sociology... The answer is already known: no, no, and no again. An individual who thought it was a good idea to keep the bottles of wine given to him by a friend over many years had a yen, probably in a fit of boredom, to open one... one that had aged at least 20...
We know the old Bible tale of King David sipping from his goblet and playing his twelve-string lyre, or that of Abu Nuwas, the Arabian bard of good food and good wine, lauding the virtues of a fine vintage to the sound of a susurrant chant, or again the great chivalrous tradition where magnificent bacchanalian gatherings needs must be...
Alcohol, drug, nicotine, or any other addiction might arise from a microbiotic layer in the darkest depths of our small intestine. If so, the cursed hypogastrium may be responsible for all our perverse dependencies. Fortunately though, administering just the right dose of pectin, in other words the substance found in apple skins and pips, seems to help get rid...
He is like a fine wine, the more he ages, the more... Let’s just stop there a minute and look at what we think we know about wine and how it “improves” with age. A poor “young” wine will never turn into a fine vintage if left for ten years or more. Here are five common misconceptions about the...
Ridley Scott has no longer been Ridley Scott for a very long time... well, it’s a question of taste. There is a name for his propensity to use milk to liberally smear women’s faces ... one which we are not allowed to mention here. Then, from a cinematic viewpoint... we wish the milky artifice brought something else to mind,...

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