Category Archives: Alcohol

The Surprising History of Champagne

Yesterday was #NationalWineDay, so I thought I’d post an extract from my book A Million Years In A Day on the surprising history of Champagne. If you enjoy this chapter, I hope you’ll perhaps take a look at the rest of the book, which charts the history of daily life across a modern Saturday. It’s fun, honest! 7…

Read more...

Beer or Wine: A Short History of Alcohol

THE HISTORY OF ALCOHOL: BEER OR WINE? We Brits are traditionally beer drinkers, though our middle class aspirations have seen us increasingly switch to wine instead. But how did these two drinks come to dominate our culture? Let’s go back to the beginning. In the Bronze Age, wine and beer were considered the gifts of…

Read more...