Tuesday, June 3

LA Times Tempest in a Glass of Pisco: "Just about everyone agrees that the drink was first produced in and around Pisco, the Peruvian port city that has had that name since the early days of the Spanish colonization of South America. The name is derived, Peruvian historians say, from a Quechua word for the clay flasks that were used to store the liquor. The Peruvians say Chilean troops took pisco home with them after occupying part of their country during the 1879-83 War of the Pacific. The Chileans counter that they were making pisco long before then." Registration is required but free. Read this article before it disappears into the LA Times archives. Not only did the Chileans pillage Peru, they've stolen the national drink. Wars have been fought over less.

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