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A Nightcap With Karie Engels

NightOwl recently had a visit with Karie Engels, an avid lover of food, wine, and beer, contributor to Connoisseur Magazine, and founder of her online culinary beverage magazine, “Your Home With Karie Engels.” Karie lives in Seattle and is all about great, healthy recipes matched with wine, beer, and spirits for the ultimate meal. When not writing, Karie can be found on her road tour, tasting foods and sipping fine wines and great brews, while showcasing amazing chefs in her “Visiting Chefs” dinner series and pairing their creations with ambrosial libations.

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You may know where to find a glass of Pappy Van Winkle or where they grew the hops in your favorite IPA, but we’ll bet you didn’t know these 10 weird factoids about alcohol.

UNDER PRESSURE: A bottle of champagne contains 90 pounds of pressure per square inch (3 times the pressure of a car tire) and as many as 49 million bubbles.

EASY IN, EASY OUT: Ethanol, the intoxicating ingredient in alcoholic beverages, pours directly out of the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream without being digested.

DRINK YOUR VEGGIES: Almost all fruit, and some vegetables, contain a small amount of alcohol.

BLIND DRUNK: Methanol (a distillation of wood pulp) can destroy the optic nerve. Unscrupulous bootleggers used it to cut grain alcohol during Prohibition, which is how the term originated.

BABY BOTTLES: You probably know that the legal drinking age in much of Europe is 16. But one step further: alcohol is even served in some school cafeterias. Teenage drinking laws in the United States are the strictest in Western society.

GOT MILK? Drinking enough milk can cause a person to blow a .02 on a breathalyzer test, enough to cause legal issues in some states.

IN OTHER WORDS, A BUNCH: It takes about 600 grapes to make a bottle of wine.

CAVEMEN WERE SMART: Research suggests that intentionally fermented beverages existed as early as 10,000 BC.

A BATHTUB OF BEER: The country that drinks the most beer is the Czech Republic, with per capita consumption of almost 40 gallons per year.

HOPE THEY’RE NOT UBER DRIVERS: Research suggests that 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk at any given time. That means 50 million people are drunk right now.

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Jess Milby’s TGIF Best of DC Wine Bars

The Young Winos of DC believe that, well, life is just better with wine. And who would argue? This week’s NightOwl influencer – Jess Milby, the founder of YWDC – shares her TGIF list of favorite places to wine about town in DC.



And be sure to follow Jess for more of her favorite DC spots and wine savvy tips!

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A Nightcap with Jess Milby of the Young Winos of DC

For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we’re in Washington D.C. with Jess Milby. She’s the founder of the Young Winos of D.C., a group of fellow wine lovers collectively sharing and expanding their wine knowledge through fun, social gatherings. Jess has been in the wine industry in a variety of areas ranging from distribution to production since 2007. Today you’ll find Jess hosting and promoting social and educational wine events around the DC area, as well as preparing for her latest venture – the inaugural DC Champagne Week, a sophisticated, educational and bubbly event co-produced with her close friend, Alison Marriott.

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Terry DagrosaA Nightcap with Jess Milby of the Young Winos of DC