Reading Between the Wines

Definitely a Republican.
Definitely a Republican. Photo: Getty Images

“In 17th-century London, knowing what someone drank and with whom could offer a rough indication of their politics. For the first half of the century, wine-drinking correlated to Royalists and Cavaliers, whose wine-flushed cheeks were ‘as starred as the skies.’ Beer-drinking and teetotalling were more typical of Parliamentarians (also called, delightfully, Roundheads).” —Ye olde drinking wisdom from the Awl. We’d argue that today these debates tend to revolve around arugula more than anything, but we’ve never seen a tea-party member at a wine tasting, either. [Awl]