Tag Archives: Sugarcane

• Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Bioplastics. If you were remaking The Graduate in wine country this decade, there might be a great future in bioplastics. When organic, biodynamic and sustainable vintners look to bring their low-impact philosophies to their packaging, they often end up torn […]

• In Barbados, the rum needs no umbrella

In Barbados, the rum needs no umbrella

The beverage of the islands gets some respect. We’re in the old stone tasting room at historic St. Nicholas Abbey on Barbados, surrounded by copper-pot stills and oak barrels and the nose-ticklingly spicy aroma of the aged rum in our glasses. Outside, the warm Caribbean breeze rustles through acres of sugar cane that one day […]

• Rum's Rich History

Rum's Rich History

Christopher Columbus brought the sugar cane plant to America not long after its discovery in Asia. Europeans soon discovered that it grew quite easily in the Caribbean and began to cultivate it so it could be sold throughout Europe. Numerous sugarcane plantations developed all over the islands. To produce sugar, the cane is harvested and […]

• Ready to RUMble?

Ready to RUMble?

Hawaii has the sugar cane. This we know. And it would follow, Rum. But, those same folks who brought you the one crappy position for sex, have interfered with sugar’s natural progression. Apparently, the missionaries discouraged rum production on the islands for years, and the lucrative real estate market has discouraged it lately. The cost […]

• Agua Libre: Alameda's St. George Spirits Makes First U.S. Agricole Rum

Agua Libre: Alameda's St. George Spirits Makes First U.S. Agricole Rum

Rum is a spirit that arrives in the glass with stories and images built in: tales of pirates, deserted islands, buried treasure, and tropical fields lush with sugarcane. Since rum has been the lifeblood of seafarers, it’s fitting that a port city like ours would require not one, but two rum houses: Smuggler’s Cove and […]

• Cachaça and The Caipirinha

Cachaça and The Caipirinha

There is perhaps no spirit whose classification is as complicated as rum. There are light rums, white rums, dark rums, gold rums, spiced rums, flavored rums, funky Jamaican rums, overproof rums, and more. The one thing all rums have in common is the plant they’re distilled from: sugar cane. And while most rums are made […]

• Do you know Cachaça…the delectable Brazilian spirit? Here's a quick introduction

Do you know Cachaça…the delectable Brazilian spirit? Here's a quick introduction

Unknown to many outside Brazil, the cultural significance of cachaça, a distilled liquor, ranks among soccer, carnival, and samba. Although non-Brazilian’s compare cachaça to rum, their only similarity is that they both originate from sugarcane.