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Corkey Trivia: Champagne History

History is an interesting thing, a writer’s choice of words can sway readers to think positively or negatively about a historic event. Something shocking happened in 1911 France. The region of Champagne went up in revolutionary flames! It laid the groundwork for all French wines to be controled by an AOC designation. (Nowdays its called AOP, but for simplicities sake lets call it [...]

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Corkey Trivia: Tapping the Admiral

The sea battle of Trafalgar 200 years ago was a pivotal point in world history. It prevented Napoleon from winning a decisive victory over England and confirmed British naval supremacy for the next 150 years. In those days, the Emperor Napoleon was trying to conquer as much of the civilized world as possible either for the greater glory of France or to keep the French masses too bus [...]

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Corkey Trivia: 80th Anniversary of Repeal of Prohibition

April 7, 2013 is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition’s first phase. Finally, beer and a low alcohol version of wine became legal. Upon signing the first phase into law, President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” The final repeal of prohibition occurred on December 5th 1933. On that day, in California wine country, [...]

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Corkey Trivia: Ancient Origins of Valentines Day

More than a few historians believe that Saint Valentine’s Day has pagan origins, namely the Lupercalia, an ancient Roman celebration of fertility and purification.  In the ancient world, Immaculate Conception was a foreign concept (a concept any of your catholic friends would be happy to explain.) When the Romans celebrated fertility, they did “it” with gusto, meat and a-lot- [...]

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Corkey Trivia: The Tudors and Their Beer

In 16th century England, people typically drank eight pints of beer a day.  A gallon per day back then was not as overly intoxicating as you might think because it contained only about 2% alcohol.  By adding hops they could brew the beer longer and at least double the alcohol.  The addition of hops came about in Tudor England.  People back then loved the stronger stuff and had [...]

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