Relationships between the nature of wine, the human condition, and the constituent elements of the universe, long before the discoveries of modern science, have allowed scientists to present the many facets of wine and the men who drink it.
France has a long history with alcohol, especially with wine which has been considered the national drink for centuries. It is perceived as one of the vectors and signs of the unity of the nation.
Man, in his natural state, is a rational animal, Aristotle contends. Indeed, irrational callings may occur, which may become problematic at a social scale. This has led to the elaboration of guiding organizational principles.
The US “noble experience” of prohibition has left the imagination of many, often eclipsing similar experiences elsewhere in North America. Like its southern neighbor, Canada has experienced several forms of prohibition: national, provincial and municipal.
When in 1919, the Volstead Act banned the consumption of alcohol in the United States, champagne is particularly affected. The American market represented up to 4,500,000 bottles out of the 30 million bottles…
For anti-alcohol activists in the United States, the prohibition introduced in 1919 is the culmination of a long struggle of nearly a century. For activists in other countries, this acquis becomes an example or a counter-example…