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FEB 2019

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W H A T W E L O V E COFFEE IS FOR AMATEURS, WINE IS WHERE IT'S AT. Sick child, flat tire, leaky sink and it's only day two of a six-month deployment. Well, step aside coffee, this is a job for wine. From "Game of Thrones" to "Real Housewives," wine seems to be the drink of choice. And it's no wonder: the first winery dates back to Armenia 4100 B.C. Priests and royalty enjoyed wine in ancient Egypt around 3100 B.C. and Greek doctors prescribed wine as medicine circa 1600 B.C. I Heart Wine By Faith Cooper, Air Force Reserve and Army Spouse, owner of Partners in Wine Walhalla LOOKING BACK The wine we drink today is a far cry from those con- sumed by our ancestors. Ancient Romans used the compound lead acetate, a poisonous salt with a sweet flavor used in modern day hair dye, to sweeten their wine. The aristocracy would easily drink about three bottles worth of wine each day. Although this may not have caused the fall of the Roman Empire, lead acetate may have contributed to the deaths of Pope Clement II in 1047 and theories exist that lead poisoning, by way of wine, may have caused the death of Ludwig Van Beethoven in 1827. Though wine was popular in Europe for cen- turies, the earliest wine made in what is now the United States dates back only to the 1560s. During this time French settlers near current day Jack- sonville, Fla., attempted to make wine utilizing the Scuppernong grape. Although these attempts at wine making did not yield appealing results, they did pave the way for the wine industry in the soon to be United States. Give one of these a try. The wines below are readily avail- able across the United States and range from less than $10 per bottle to around $20 per bottle. SPARKLING La Marca Prosecco Floral palate and bright acidity WHITES Stemmari Moscato Extreme fruitiness balanced by a pleasant crispness. Mirabella Pinot Grigio Dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Full flavored, medium-bodied wine, with currant and gooseberry flavors Louis Latour Ard├Ęche Chardonnay Palate is round, balanced and powerful with subtle wine peach aromas REDS Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Pinot Noir Silky tannins, beautiful fruit flavors and an elegant finish Boutinot Turno de Noche Malbec Juicy but balanced palate with ripe berry fruits and gentle spice 3 Ball Zinfandel Blueberry and black fruit flavor with wisps of oak raspberry and cranberry Tarrica Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Full-bodied wine with an exceptional fruit to tannin balance Charles and Charles Red Blend Plush, velvety smooth mouthfeel Photos provided by Faith Cooper 26 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019

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