Category Archives: History

Cheerio! A book of Punches and Cock 1928

By Tou-Fou (715-774) Ho-Tchi-Tchang, always on horseback, looked like a man rowing a boat. One evening, when he was drunker than usual, he fell from his horse into a deep pit, and it is my belief that he is…

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The Real Tale of the Cock's Tail

In a famous old tavern not far from the Philipse Manor House, the site of what is now Yonkers on the Hudson and the very centre of the most popular sport of the times, was blended the first delightful…

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YOUR GLASS OF WINE

As lately as 1920 the moderate wine-drinker in the United States was laughing at the idea of J dry America.” But Prohibition has come, and his glass of good wine has gone. YOUR glass of wine will go too…

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Production of Wines: BRANDY

Brandy is a spirit obtained by the distillation of wine. The name signifies in its origin “burnt” wine. All Brandies are, or should be, grape spirits, and undoubtedly the finest Brandies procurable are those of Cognac. Cognac is the…

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Production of Wines: EMPIRE WINES

The present Government proposals with regard to the substantial Duty concessions on Empire wines will, if carried into effect, be welcomed by all concerned in the wine trade and should lead to a great increase in the trade done…

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Production of Wines: CHAMPAGNES

One of the many interesting features of Champagne is that although a white wine it is made largely from black grapes. The grapes are pressed as soon as they are picked, in such a way as to separate the…

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Production of Wines: SHERRY

Sherry as known in England is a blended wine in the sense that it is rarely shipped as a single vintage wine, and perhaps in no other wine has the science of blending been carried to a higher state…

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Production of Wines: PORTS

No wine has any right to be called “Port ” unless it fulfils the three conditions laid down by the Portuguese Law of 1915, namely : 1. A fortified wine. 2. Produced in the Douro region as demarcated by…

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Production of Wines: BURGUNDY

The ancient province of Burgundy is now represented chiefly by the Departement of the Cote D’Or the S6ane-et-Loire, and the Yonne. The finest Burgundy vineyards are in the Cote D’Or, which extends for about thirty-six miles south from Dijon…

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Production of Wines: CLARETS

The wine we call “Claret” is, or should be, the exclusive produce of the Departementof the Gironde. The vineyards of the Gironde may be divided into six principal categories, namely: 1. Medoc. A strip of land some fifty miles…

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