200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists

The Manchester Office Building Site Had a Hidden Gem Underneath

Archaeologists uncover the remains of a 19th-century public house under proposed Manchester high rise office building site.

200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists in Manchester

via Manchester Evening News // Glass bottles discovered at the Astley Arms pub site. Some still filled with brandy.

The Manchester Evening News reported an interesting discovery underneath a proposed 13-story office building site in Manchester, UK. During an archaeological survey of the site, archaeologists unearthed the remains of the Astley Arms Pub, a bank vault, and several houses.

Site supervisor and senior archeologist, Aidan Turner, said that the buildings date back to the early 1800’s. They have also conducted online research into the family of the Astley Arm’s owner, Thomas Evans, who has a descendant that now resides in the state of Texas.

200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists in Manchester

via Manchester Evening News // The foundations of an old bank vault and the pub found on the site on the corner of Port Street and Great Ancoats Street

The archaeologists also discovered pottery and bottles bearing the Astley Arms name, along with pipes, ink pots, keys, and other still intact bottles of brandy. The builders were astonished by the discovery.

Around 20 or so bottles were recovered according to James Alderson, site developer of Mulbury City. “And three or four of them are full of brandy,” he told the Manchester Evening News, “We opened the cork on a few and you can still smell it.”

Artifacts from the dig will be put on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The fate of the bottles of Brandy is not yet known. What we want to know now is can you drink Brandy that is that old?

For more information on the Astley Arms Pub discovery check out the original article at the Manchester Evening News.

 

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How to decode your wine labels

How to Decode Your Wine Labels

Making sense of the labels on wine bottles

Wine marketers use a lot of terms to describe their wine. But what do those terms really mean? Let’s take a look on how to decode your wine labels.

What do those terms on your wine labels really mean? Check out this quick guide to decode your wine labels.

 

Organic

The use of term “organic” is regulated by the US government and there are different levels of how “organic” a wine can be. To be organic, the wine must be made without the use of prohibited substances, genetic engineering of ingredients, and must be certified by the USDA. A 100% ‘organic’ wine contains no commercial fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or added sulfites. They also may not be required to have the “Contains Sulfites” label on the bottle.

[learn more about organic rules from the USDA: Organic 101: Organic Wine]

Biodynamic

If you see a label on your wine bottle that says “DEMETER” on it, you’ve found yourself a biodynamic wine. “What the heck is biodynamic wine?” You might ask. Well, Biodynamic viniculture is a practice of planting, growing, and harvesting of grapes that follows a biodynamic, or lunar calendar. This philosophy of wine growing takes organic to a new level. Biodynamic growers believe in not using chemicals or commercial fertilizers or yeast in the wine making process. It’s all about using natural ingredients to grow and cultivate the wine.

[learn more about Biodynamic wine from the Organic Wine Company: What makes biodynamic wine so special?]

“Sulfite Free”

Sorry to say, there really is no such thing as Sulfite free wine. Sulfites are created as part of the fermentation process, so all wines have them to some extent or another. This term is used by wine marketers to say that they do not ADD sulfites to their wines. These wines are also marketed as “no sulfite added” or “NSA” wine. If you have sulfite allergy or sensitivity, though, it is best to avoid or limit drinking wine, especially red wine which has a higher sulfite content than whites.

[learn more about sulfite allergy & sensitivity: Tell-tale Signs That You Might Be Allergic to Alcohol or Wine]

Sustainable

The Sustainable label discerns an energy conscious type of wine making that protects the Earth. Most Sustainable Wine comes from California, where resources can be scarce because of drought. Many Sustainable wine makers use alternative forms of energy or energy saving practices, and converse water through the use of drip irrigation and by saving run off water from the wine making process. The process isn’t as restrictive as organic growing and allows the use of some herbicides, but also requires certification.

[learn more about California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW): California Sustainable Winegrowing]

Vegan

Some wine companies have adopted a Vegan process to wine making. This means that they have removed the use of animal products like isinglass [fish bladder protein], gelatin, casein [milk protein], and albumen [egg whites] which are sometimes used in the filtering/clarifying process of wine, known as fining. Mary Gorman-McAdams, a New York based wine educator, explained that egg whites are used to remove tannins from red wine which gives the wine a better texture. Vegan wines substitute these animal products for clay-based and charcoal fining agents, or skip the fining process altogether. Wine that has not been fined or filtered usually have a label that says ‘not fined and/or not filtered’ on the bottle.

[learn more from Mary Gorman-McAdams: Why Egg Whites Are Used to Make Wine?]

 

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How Alcohol Influenced Events in World History

How Alcohol Influenced World History

The Interesting Stories Of How Alcohol Influenced World History

This isn’t your regular history class. From the ancient Greeks to American Mobsters, we’ve uncovered some very surprising stories on how alcohol influenced world history.

The Gods & Goddesses of Wine

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Fatimaa Ahmed // Early civilizations believed alcohol was a gift from the gods

Humans have been crafting alcoholic beverages since Babylonian times. Countless cultures worshiped Gods and Goddesses of wines and other spirits. These gods and goddesses, like Dionysus/Bacchus and Nin-kasi, were often attributed to grape harvests, beer or wine, drunkenness, fertility, and partying. Fun fact: The ancient Greeks might have conducted the first research into how alcohol effects the body, and warned against the consumption of too much alcohol.

Explorers of the New World Spent more on Liquor than Other Supplies

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via History.com // Travelers to the New World really loved their Sherry

Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan had two things in common: 1. They were explorers who made world history with Columbus “discovering” America and Magellan as the first European explorer to reach Asia by sailing westwards around America; 2. They both carried very large quantities of Sherry on their journeys. Columbus taking Sherry with him on his exploration made it the first wine brought to the New World. Magellan carried 253 kegs of Sherry on his voyage and this stockpile of alcohol actually cost more money than all of his weapons! An extra bonus, Magellan spent more money on the wine he brought than he did his flagship the San Antoni!!

Plymouth Rock Beer Run

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Charisma of BeerSportsBabes.com // The most Iconic American Colony was founded because the Pilgrims ran out of beer!

In the colonial era, drinking water could be quite dangerous due to bacteria in the water. Because of this, most people drank alcoholic drinks, which led to colonials drinking much more alcohol than today’s Americans. In 2015, an American drank an average of two gallons of alcohol per year, while the average colonist drank seven gallons of alcohol per year!

Now considering the above information, the following story may sound less ridiculous. Everyone knows that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and started one of the first settlements in the New World. However, the reason for stopping at Plymouth Rock may surprise you; they were running out of beer. We might laugh at that now, but beer was extremely important back then because it would stay drinkable compared to water which could easily turn brackish and deadly. The Mayflower had been sailing for almost two months and was very off-course by the time land was spotted in what is now New England. The captain decided the settlers needed to go ashore so the last of the beer could be saved for the sailors on their return journey home. Thus, what is now considered a party-foul, ended up shaping the course of American history!!

The Prussian Kings of Beer

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Roland Handrick //

Germans are known to be very serious about their beer, but one man made it a royal family affair. The Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm I, is credited with creating the German tradition of “Stammtisch” where people sit around a larger table drinking beer with friends to relax, or just pass some time. He even allowed his son the Crown Prince, Frederick the Great, to become a brewer. During his reign, Frederick the Great banned coffee from Germany when sales of beer diminished, sending large amounts of money out of the country. He believed that coffee would harm the economy and quality of his soldiers. King Frederick the Great is famous for his quotes on beer, including his iconic speech, “My people must drink beer”.

American Rebellion Over Whiskey Tax

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Getty Images Archive Photos Getty Images // There’s a reason why you don’t mess with an American’s Whiskey

Have you ever heard this story of America’s lesser known “Revolution”? Shortly after the formation of the United States, the newly formed government faced a small-scale revolution from some angry citizens. Western Pennsylvania farmers and Whiskey distillers took up arms after the installation of a new Whiskey tax that taxed those who profited from the distillation and sale of Whiskey. Needless to say, the Americans who went war with England over a Tea Tax weren’t about to let this one go without a fight. The Whiskey Rebellion, as it came to be known, grew so large it required military action by the US government. While mass bloodshed was avoided and the new government showed it could keep control, the spirit of American defiance over whiskey would later create the Moonshiners and Bootleggers of the 20th century.

The Friendliest Arctic Territory Dispute

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Reddit – Gabrielle Canon // Territory dispute over tiny Artic Island and the exchange of Whiskey

Leave it to Canada and Denmark to have the friendliest territory dispute of all time. These two countries have been having a dispute over uninhabited, Hans island for years. Each country claims the island is in their territory, so periodically their respective militaries go and remove the other country’s flag – and leave behind a bottle of Danish Schnapps or Canadian Whiskey for their troubles. Talk about pleasantries.

Giving Rise to America’s Crime Families

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Pace // How America’s attempt at sobriety created the rise of organized crime

Alternatively, How America’s attempt to kick its alcohol addiction created the rise of organized crime. Despite the intentions of the Temperance movement, the Prohibition era of US history exchanged sobriety for criminal enterprise. Americans were not ready to give up their hooch, and Bootleg liquor was in high demand. This prompted a very lucrative business venture – all tax-free – for mob bosses from New York to Chicago. The illegal importation, distillation, and distribution of alcohol put some big named mobsters, like Lucky Luciano, on the map. These gangsters, who made it big before the end of Prohibition in 1933, created some of the most violent criminal syndicates whose mark on US history continues today. And it might not have happened if America didn’t try to kick the habit. What did they expect from the country that had a rebellion over a tax on Whiskey?

Try some of our favorite Prohibition Style Cocktails.

Supplying the Troops in WWII

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Alan Moen [All About Beer] // How beer was helping our boys overseas

Alcohol was always been considered a vital ration to soldiers during war and this was still true during WWII. Making sure that soldiers were supplied with beer was viewed as highly important. In July 1942, British breweries established a “beer for troops” committee to ensure that the troops received supplies of beer. The United States also took the matter seriously, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandated that 15% of all beer produced in the U.S. had to be saved for the soldiers. One problem arose from the American beer, though. The cans had to be painted olive green to camouflage them from enemy aircraft. In the end, a small price to pay in the effort to keep the moral high among the troops.

In 1944, the British Royal Navy developed the most zealous proposal for supplying beer to troops during WWII. As the war was also being fought in the Pacific, the British Navy had to figure out how to make sure sailors received their appropriate rations of beer. The solution to the problem was to design a brewing boat that could produce 250 barrels of beer per week. There were many technical problems in the beginning, such as drums of extract exploding. Two boats were selected for the project and were prepared in the summer of 1945 to become breweries. Unfortunately for the project, having been undertaken near the end of the war, it wasn’t very successful. One ship, the Menestheus, was outfitted with the “Davy Jones Brewery” and completed one voyage that consisted of visiting multiple Pacific ports. The Menestheus supplied sailors with English mild ale and after only six months of being operational, sailed back to England and was dismantled. A floating brewery for the military has not been tried since.

 

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Craving Junk Food? Try These Cocktails Instead

Indulge Your Cocktail Cravings

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

 

Junk Food Inspired Cocktails? Ah, Yes Please!

Did you know that July 21st is National Junk Food Day? Inspired by such an auspicious occasion, we have scoured the inter web in search of the best junk food inspired cocktails that we could whip up in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen.

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. There are so many junk food inspired cocktail creations out there, but so little time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

 

Craving Peanut butter Cups? Try it as a martini!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Reese’s Peanut butter Cups are my favorite little indulgence and this peanut butter cup cocktail lives up to the name. It’s deliciously peanut buttery, and if you use Reese’s Peanut butter [you can find it in the baking goods isle] you’ll get that extra special Reese’s flavor.

Image / Recipe from // The Slow Roasted Italian

 

This cocktail is “Unexplainably juicy”.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

The Pink Starbust were always our favorite too! This Pink Starburst Cocktail is all of the Starburst yumy, but with less calories than traditional cocktails. So that’s a Win-Win in our book!

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

Root Beer Float need a buzz? Add some Whiskey!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Image / Adobe Stock // Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

 

An Italian Classic Dessert In A Glass

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

This is a cocktail even Nona would love. An Italian classic dessert in a glass, this Tiramisu cocktail is a velvety dream of Kahlua, Rum Chata, and Godiva Liquor. Shhh, we won’t tell if you add nutella.

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

 

Never Choose Between Wine & Chocolate Again!

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Chocolate and wine were absolutely made for each other. So why not put them together? This Red Wine Hot Chocolate is deliciously RICH genuious! It’ll be your espresso cup’s new best friend.

Image / Recipe from // Imma Eat That

 

Don’t Just Eat Cheesecake. Drink it!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

To quote Holly Waterfall, “Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!”

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

No Campfire Needed For These Smores.

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Your campfire favorite in one delicious cocktail. This Double Chocolate S’mores Martini is everything you love about smores, without the sticky fingers.

Image / Recipe from // Delightful-e-Made

 

 

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Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

First It Was Just Binge Drinking, Now There’s “Drunkorexia”

U.S. researchers at the University of Missouri found that one in four female students would skip meals to save room for calories from alcoholic drinks. This risky behavior has been called “Drunkorexia“, and it’s a much more common problem on college campuses than previously thought.

Dangerous Drinking Trend On College Campuses

 

The dangerous popular trend among college students: Drunkorexia

“Drunkorexia” is a non-medical term coined for someone limiting the intake of food calories in exchange for alcoholic calories. In Laymen’s terms, students are engaging in behaviors such as skipping meals, excessive exercising, laxative use, or purging in order to make room for alcohol consumption.

This phenomenon has been spreading across college campuses for years and has the potential to become the most dangerous drinking trend on campus. With eating disorders being a prevalent problem among college-aged youth, it’s not surprising that the issue is more widespread than previously reported.

It’s more common on college campuses than previously thought

Numerous studies, including a survey by the University of Houston found that “eight in 10 [students] had engaged in at least one behavior linked to drunkorexia, including inducing vomiting, consuming laxatives, or skipping food entirely before drinking.” Another study by the University of South Australia showed that nearly 60% of female students exhibited drunkorexia-related behavior.

However, this risky behavior is not exclusively limited to the female student population either. According to the lead research of the University of Houston study, Dr. Dipali Rinker, “Our study suggested that males are just as likely, if not more likely, to engage in these behaviors…because men, in general, just tend to engage in riskier drinking behaviors than women.”

This has become normal behavior on college campuses, with some students skipping meals, not to save calories or money, but for the sake of becoming intoxicated faster. These drunkorexia-related behaviors leave students susceptible to negative consequences like drinking related injury or illness, sexual assault, and engaging in other risky behavior like drug use.

The gateway to other disorders

Drunkorexia-related behavior can be a gateway to other addictive behaviors. Students who have said they have engaged in Drunkorexia-related behavior are at risk for other disorders like Bulimia, binge eating, and alcohol abuse. These behaviors can also be masking underlying problems of depression disorders.

While “drunkorexia” isn’t a diagnosis, the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior displayed in students has health officials taking a closer look at drunkorexia as a drinking and eating disorder. The dual addiction of eating and drinking disorders of drunkorexia requires intervention and therapy. Counseling is available on many campuses solely for students affected by drunkorexia, and help is available to those who need it. If you or a friend is exhibiting Drunkorexia-related behavior, be supportive as they cope with recovery.

 

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Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Cocktails You’ll Want To Make This Summer

Sip on something satisfying this summer

This summer is supposed to be the hottest we’ve ever had on record. Just thinking of temperatures higher than 85 degrees has me sprawling for an ice cold drink, and I can’t be the only one. These tasty libations are 12 cocktails that you’ll want to make this summer.

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

 

These summer cocktails will keep you cool in the heat.

Living in coastal North Carolina comes with its pros and cons. The beach is just 15 minutes around the corner, but that means tourists will be hogging the seats down in local bars for the next three months. Great for the bars, but not so much for locals. So during summer, I often find myself enjoying a sip or two at home with friends and family around the firepit, instead of heading out to the club.

As soon as June rolls on in, it’s time to stock up your home bar with all the goodies for summer cookouts and pool parties. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to keep Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, and Rum or Tequila always in stock. They are also your staples for the drinks we will be discussing below.

[Related Article: How to Stock Your Home Bar]

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Gin Cucumber Cocktail

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Becky Striepe / Recipe from // Glue and Glitter

 

Alabama Slammer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Mix That Drink

 

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Mango and Blackberry Vodka Cooler

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // foolproof living

 

These LaCroix Cocktails

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Gizmodo Happy Hour

 

Spring Showers

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rosé Spritzer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Christopher Testani / Recipe from // bon appetit

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Citrus Gin Sodas

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Lisa / Recipe from // Garnish with Lemon

 

Blood Orange [Red Red] Rita

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rumchata Iced Coffee

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Lunds&Byerlys

 

Sip On This!

Looking for some low-calorie summer cocktails? Head over to our friends at Positive Health Wellness for 8 Low Calories Summer Cocktail Recipes that You Must Try! You’ll really enjoy them!

8 Low Calorie Summer Cocktail Recipes You MUST Try

 

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How to protect your drink at a holiday party

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Drink & Entertain

You Can’t Go Wrong With These Spirit Filled Gifts

Picking out a gift for your friends who love to drink and entertain doesn’t have to be painful! This list of top gifts for people who love to drink & entertain are sure to get you a big thank you. From Christmas presents to housewarming gifts, these products make great gifts for the alcohol enthusiasts & entertainers in your lives.

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Drink & Entertain

 

Vintage Bar Cart

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Vintage Bar Cart

Forgo the massive in-home bar. A vintage style bar cart, like this one from west elm, is a great gift for drinkers and entertainers alike. They come in all types of styles and shapes to customize with home decor and personal tastes.

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Mixology Bar Tool Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Mixology Bar Tool Set

This stainless steel bar tool kit has the essential tools to gift to your favorite mixologist. The complete kit comes with a bottle opener, jigger in two sizes, long spade-end spoon, classic spring coil strainer, handy ice scoop, muddler, and an ice bucket to boot.

Get it from Crate&Barrel

 

The Perfect Black and Tan

Got a friend or family member who loves a layered beer drink, but they just can’t get it right at home? Then you’ll want to get them The Perfect Black and Tan tool. This gadget layers multiple beers in one glass for more complex flavors and a striking visual effect. With this tool, all you need to do is pour.

Get it from The Grommet

 

Colored Margarita Salt

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Colored Margarita Salt

Living in Margaritaville has never been better with this 8 colored margarita salt kit from Dell Cove Spice Co.. These made to order margarita salts are sure to win you points with margarita lovers everywhere!

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Beer Cap Maps

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Beer Cap Map of USA

This handcrafted, American made, Beer Cap Map of the USA is the perfect gift for American Craft Beer lovers. The Home Wet Bar company can even customize these with your name, and even have specific states in various wood styles. Hang it in the den, behind the bar, or in your man cave and explore the tastes of the good old USA, one beer at a time.

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Saké Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Personalized Decanter Set

Saké Sets, like this one from ZephyrValleyCeramics, can be very simple to extremely elegant, so they make great gifts for the saké ethusiasts in your life. Saké sets can even come with bamboo rafts for the user to bring their favorite saké into the bath with them – which is the best way to drink cold saké is you ask me.

Get it from ZephyrValleyCeramics

 

Mature Your Own Whiskey Kit

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Mature Your Own Whisky Kit

This one is for all those homebrewers out there. With this kit, folks can mature their own whiskey in a fresh Kentucky Oak barrel and share the labors of their love with their guests. It also makes a great decorative piece.

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BottleLoft

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - BottleLoft

These clever magnetic storage strips are the perfect space savers for your fridge! Each magentic strip comes with three super-strong magnets that hang your bottles up to free up space below and in the fridge door. It’s even made right here in North Carolina.

Get it from Uncommon Goods

 

Beverage Dispensers

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Beverage Dispensers

Beverage dispensers are an entertainer’s best friend, and make fantasic housewarming or bridal gifts for folks who love to have parties. These mason jar drink dispensers from Classic Hostess have a vintage look, and can come with either a metal or plastic spigot.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - The Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool

This gadget is the Swiss Army Knief of cocktail tools! Featuring ten tools in one, this innovative cocktail tool offers a jigger, stirrer, strainer, bottle opener, corckscrew, zester, muddler, knife, reamer, and channel knife in one simple case. You can store it in a drawer, or have it ready on a bar cart.

Get it from Uncommon Goods

 

Personalized Decanter Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Personalized Decanter Set

Any diehard whiskey or wine drinker would love a personalized decanter set to complement their favorite spirits. This whiskey decanter from AnniGifts is classically crafted and can be personalized with a person’s intital on the decanter and glasses. The glasses are dishwasher safe too!

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Wine Cork Shadow Box

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Wine Cork Shadow Box

This wine cork shadow box is a great wedding present for a couple of wine lovers. This Love & Marriage Cork Shadow box can be customized with the name and date of their anniversary and can be hung up anywhere in the house to be viewed by all.

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Three Ladies Became Heroes for Stopping Date Rape in it’s Tracks

One Night Out Turned These Ladies Into Heroes

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

 

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were not expecting to become heroes when they set out to Happy Hour at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. They were having a grand evening, until Kenyon saw something that would make every parent’s blood boil.

“I was looking up and saw this guy looking completely suspicious,” Kenyon tells PEOPLE. “He seems really nervous and then I see his hands twist a little bit and I see something fall from them and into the wine glass in front of him. Immediately my thought was, ‘Oh My God’ did I just see that.”

After the group debated on what to do, the woman got up to use the restroom and Ulrich followed after her. According to a post on Ulrich’s facebook page, she approached the woman and said, “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.” The woman was absolutely stunned by the news. Ulrich had hoped to hear that the woman had just met the man, but she told her that he was one of her best friends.

Shortly after, Saltzer told a server what they saw. The server then informed management and security, who reviewed security footage to confirm the report. Meanwhile, the evening continued on. Saltzer noticed the man clinking his glass to the woman’s several times to get her to drink the tainted wine. The manager checked on the table, and the staff stalled the couple’s meals and bill, while they awaited the Santa Monica Police to arrive on the scene.

Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested at the restaurant by Santa Monica Police. Hsu was found with three vials of an unknown substance in his possession, one of which was empty. The substance has been sent off to examiners to determine what it is. Hsu is charged with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime. He is in custody on $1 million bail.

“You hear these stories at a club but it was not the case here. It is not the boogeyman in the dark corner lurking to jump on you. It could be someone you know,” says Ulrich. Statistics from the CDC report that 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape, often by someone they know. A report in the journal Psychology of Violence, published on May 23rd, shows that episodes of drink spiking have also increased on college campuses [See: How Well Do You Know Drink Safety].

Ulrich recounted the evening’s events on her Facebook Page. The post has been shared on the social media site over 116,000 times and continues to spread.

Three Women Stop Man From Spiking Date's Drink

Photo Credit: Sonia Ulrich

Well Done Ladies! We Salute You!

 

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Delicious Things You Can Make with Wine for Wine Day!

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

You can make so many delicious things with wine

You can enjoy wine in so many more ways than in just a glass. Try one of these recipes that uses wine as its main component.

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

 

Vino lovers of the world rejoyce, it’s National Wine Day! The day dedicated to one of the world’s most consumed beverages. We have been drinking this elixir of the gods for millennia, and its consumption is very much engrained in cultures around the globe.

No wonder there are so many delicious things you can do with wine! Here are just some of our top favorite things you make using wine.

 

You can….

 

Pair it with cheese

Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese
Image and Pairings from // Brio Smart Life

 

Make it into Ice Cream

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Janica

 

Make White Wine pasta sauce out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Julie Blanner

 

Or better yet, use it to make Red Wine Pasta

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // eatwell 101

 

Make Smoothies out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Curls

 

Infuse it into Salt

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Well Preserved

 

Use it in Fondue

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Flavorite

 

Top Cheesecakes with it (Wine Gelées)

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Food and Wine

 

Make homemade Red Wine Vinegar

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // Hirsheimer Hamilton // Recipe from // Phickle

 

Make Wine Cocktails

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipes from // Canada Night Life

 

Or one our delicious sangria recipes

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine
Image and Recipes from // Brio Smart Life

 

Or in the end we can just drink it straight

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

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Happy National Wine Day, everyone!

 

Bill, wine blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Sangria is so yesterday!

Last month, PureWow declared that Sangria is out – Wine Cocktails are in – and we so agree with them. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails.

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

 

Give these wine cocktails a try this summer!

Sangria gets boring. If you are a serious wine drinker, it’s time to spice it up a little. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails that will leave sangria a thing of the past.

Grab a bottle and enjoy some sunshine. It’s time to try these wine cocktails this summer.


 

White Wine Mojito

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Turnip the Oven

 

Peach Wine Slushies

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Dessert For Two

 

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // My Diary of Us

 

Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Table for Two

 

Moscato Bee’s Knees Wine Cocktail

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // The Kitchen is My Playground

 

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Damn Delicious

 

Rose Slushie

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image by // Erin McGinn Recipe from // Style Me Pretty

 

Pineapple Mimosa

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Blackberry Babe

 

Skinny Champagne Margaritas

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // With Salt & Wit

 

Strawberry Bellinis

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // 3 Yummy Tummies

 

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