Chile lost 13% of its Wine in the Earthquake

The Wall Street Journal report requires subscription, but there's a free slide show here.

Posted by Dave Trippel on March 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM in Chile, Wine | Permalink

China could become the wine industry's next Chile

For a discussion of Chinese vintners, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on September 14, 2008 at 01:45 PM in Chile, China, Wine | Permalink

"Cuppings" at independent coffee shops in New York City

"Cuppings" or coffee tastings have become popular at New York City's independent coffee shops. Usually but not always they are free. They are the coffee world's parallel to wine tastings. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on May 28, 2008 at 09:21 PM in Chile, Coffee, United States | Permalink

Recent Spanish-language publications on alcohol

Courtesy of Dr. Gretchen Pierce (Indiana University Northwest), here are a few publications that appeared after the year 2000. The comment about one of them is hers.

Brito Rodríguez, Félix. “La cultura política en el Sinaloa posrevolucionario: elecciones, alcohol, y violencia.” Paper presented at XXX Simposio de Historia y Antropología de Sonora, Hermosillo, February 25, 2005. [I believe this is a chapter from his dissertation].

Fernández Labbé, Marcos. “Las comunidades de la sobriedad: la instalación de zonas secas como método de control del beber inmoderado en Chile, 1910-1930.” _Scripta Nova: Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales_ 9, no. 194 (59) (1 August 2005).

Gracida Romo, Juan José. “Historia de la Cervecería de Sonora y sus empresarios.” In _La industria en la historia de Sonora_. Hermosillo: Editorial Sociedad Sonorense de Historia and Editorial Universidad de Arizona, 2004.

Lewis, Stephen E. “La guerra del posh, 1951-1954: Un conflicto decisivo entre el Instituto Nacional Indígenista, el monopolio del alcohol y el gobierno del estado de Chiapas.” _Mesoamérica: Nuevas Historias de Chiapas_, siglos XIX y XX 25, no. 46 (2004).

Romero Gil, Juan Manuel. “Notas para un studio sobre la industria de alcohol en Sonora en los siglos XIX y XX.” In _La Industria en la Historia de Sonora_. Hermosillo: Editorial Sociedad Sonorense de Historia and Editorial Universidad de Arizona, 2004.

Posted by David Fahey on April 14, 2008 at 06:32 PM in Alcohol (general), Chile, Mexico | Permalink

Chilean wine popular in Britain

Sales of wine from Chile grew by 25% in Britain last year. Chilean sales exceeded Spain's and in 2008 are expected to surpass South Africa's. Currently fourth place is held by Italy, third place by the USA, second place by France, and first place by Australia. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on January 10, 2008 at 07:34 PM in Britain, Chile, Wine | Permalink

Italy exports wine valued at a billion dollars to the USA

In 2006 for the first time Italy exported a billion dollars' worth of wine to the United States. Italian wine exports to America were twice those of France, four times those of Chile, and seven times those of Spain. Australia ranks next to Italy in exporting wine to the USA. Italy surpassed France in wine exports to America beginning in 1983. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 3, 2007 at 12:58 PM in Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, United States, Wine | Permalink

Political uses of alcohol in Latin America (conference session)

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society will sponsor a session, "Political Uses of Alcohol: The State and the Lower Classes in Colonial and Modern Latin America," in conjunction with the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Saturday, 6 January 2007, 9-11 am.  Douglas Yarrington will chair and session and Scott Martin will provide the comment.  There will be four papers.  (Apology for lack of Spanish accent marks.)

Sharon Bailey Glasco, "Elites, Plebeians, Drinking, and Space: Alcohol and Ideas about Urban Space in Late Colonial Mexico City"

Marcos Fernandez Labbe, "Clientelismo, Taxes, and Proletarian Opposition: The Political Uses of Chile's Taverns, 1870-1930"

Gretchen Pierce, "'Se prohibe la cerveza y en cambio se tolera la menta de vino': Popular Temperance Leagues, Corruption, and State-Building in Sonora, Mexico, 1929-40"

Joes Orozco, "Disgust and Creation of a Nationalist Tequila Discourse in Pre-Revolutionary Mexico"

Among other AHA sessions at Atlanta relevant to the ADHS is a joint session with the Labor and Working-Class History Association, "Labor, Migration, and Global Trade, Part !: Coca-Cola in Guatemala, Colombia, and India.

Posted by David Fahey on November 3, 2006 at 01:34 PM in Academia, Alcohol (general), Chile, Drinking Spaces, Mexico, Society News, Soft Drinks | Permalink

Coca as Symbol and Labor Enhancer in the Andes (article)

Vicki Cassman, Larry Cartmell, Eliana Belmonte, “Coca as Symbol and Labor Enhancer in the Andes: A Historical Overview.” Drugs, labor, and colonial expansion. Ed. William Jankowiak and Daniel Bradburd. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003, pp. 149 - 158.

Posted by Jon on May 5, 2006 at 03:11 PM in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Coca Leaf, Cocaine, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela | Permalink

Latin America's "wrong left" and drug trafficking

Jorge G. Castañeda, in the May/June 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs, counsels Washington and the international community on what they should do about "Latin America's left turn." Castañeda characterizes his "wrong left" with many "moral" problems, including the tolerance of drug trafficking.

The international community should also clarify what it expects from the "wrong left," given that it exists and that attempts to displace it would be not only morally unacceptable but also pragmatically ineffective. The first point to emphasize is that Latin American governments of any persuasion must abide by their countries' commitments regarding human rights and democracy. The region has built up an incipient scaffolding on these matters over recent years, and any backsliding, for whatever reason or purpose, should be met by a rebuke from the international community. The second point to stress is that all governments must continue to comply with the multilateral effort to build a new international legal order, one that addresses, among other things, the environment, indigenous people's rights, international criminal jurisdiction (despite Washington's continued rejection of the International Criminal Court and its pressure on several Latin American governments to do the same), nuclear nonproliferation, World Trade Organization rules and norms, regional agreements, and the fight against corruption, drug trafficking, and terrorism, consensually defined. Europe and the United States have enormous leverage in many of these countries. They should use it.

Full text here.

Posted by Jon on May 2, 2006 at 12:44 PM in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cannabis, Chile, Coca Leaf, Cocaine, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Drugs (general), Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela | Permalink

Chilean wine (articles)

Pozo, Jose del. “El regimen de trabajo en las grandes vinas de la region central de Chile: ‘trateros’ y obreros de bodega en el siglo XX.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 22:43 (1997), 21-45. [Labor history of the large wineries in central Chile.]

Pozo, Jose del. Historia del Vino Chileno: Desde 1850 hasta hoy [History of Chilean Wine: From 1850 to the present]. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Universitaria, 1998.

These citations originally appeared in recent “Current Literature” sections of The Social History of Alcohol Review. Jon Miller and David Fahey compiled and edited them. They were also available on the Alcohol and Drugs History Society’s old website,

Posted by Jon on May 20, 2005 at 01:18 PM in Chile, Wine | Permalink