The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read a ton of stuff. Here is the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

Prohibition: Turns Out That America Loves to Drink

Prohibition was a 13-year period in American history when selling or producing alcohol was illegal. What led to this astonishing development? Why did it end? Josh and Chuck take a look at Prohibition's fascinating history in this episode.

In a podcast that should be out in the next couple of weeks, Chuck and I cover Prohibition in the U.S. One of the interesting things we found during our research was that societies that drink can be divided into pretty much two types: wet and dry. Wet societies are typified by Southern European nations like Spain and France, where drinking is extremely common and done mostly in moderation.

Red wine is one of life's simple little pleasures for me and the wife. There's something about turning a bunch of grapes into a bottle of Pinot Noir or Cabnernet that just knocks me out. I have a couple of friends in the wine industry and I'm always interested in talking shop with them -- it's a fascinating trade (or art form). Many of you may be in the same boat as me, but some of you may be a little intimidated by the whole wine culture. Sure, there are some snooty snots that will turn up their nose if they realize you aren't an experienced wine enthusiast, but worry not -- we have some great articles on this very Web site that can take the fear out of learning about wine.