The past is prologue, and the main item, on this week’s curriculum at Linkin’ Memorial High
• The wonderful wine website Vine Pair has posted a seriously cool map on wine consumption over the decades. Hold your curser over the map and watch the evolution.
• One of my most strongly held views is that the drinking age should be lowered to 18; this belief is a remnant of when it actually was, thanks to the unassailable argument that if you’re old enough to be a part of your nation’s military, you’re by-God old enough to drink. That said, it’s heartening to see that among 12- to 17-year-olds, underage drinking is down.
• One of the many things I like about wine people is that they are into history, and not just of wine. Here’s a toast to the US of A’s oldest winery, celebrating its 175th year of harvest this fall.
• Speaking of lifelong learning, the Academic Vino is doing a wonderful series on grapes such as carmenere.
• Still, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Here are 10 nuggets that wineries are loath to share.
• Finally, a nice explanation/rationale for what we do: