Factoid

Wine held great importance in the 17th. century.

Water was a dubious proposition at that time in history. Epidemics of cholera and dysentery were rampart in Europe and America until well past the middle of the 19th. century. Wine, whiskey, ale and port might get you inebriated, but they inoculated you to a degree from the ravages of cholera and dysentery.

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