The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Monday, September 1, 2003
The first Monday in September is Labor Day. Why? The American labor movement wanted a day to celebrate the contribution of workers to the strength and well-being of the county.
The first Labor Day was actually on a Tuesday. It was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City under the guidance of the Central Labor Union.
In 1884 the first Monday in September became the traditional date to celebrate labor in New York City. In ensuing years the idea spread nationwide.
Ten years later, President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September as the official Labor Day holiday.
Throw Away the Corkscrews?
New York, New York - In the August 27 issue of the New York Times, "Wine Talk" columnist Frank Prial closed his review of some boxed wines with:
We Americans are still pretty insecure when it comes to wine. We still place undue importance on the bottles, labels and corkscrews. But, as the figures show, we're changing. Next summer, perhaps, the Delicious Red can come out of the refrigerator.
Inside these boxes are airtight bags that hold the wine. To pour the wine, there is a built-in dripless spout which is pulled out. Pushing a button dispenses the wine.
Visit your local grocery store and you'll find a whole row of boxes full of wine. Then go to the bottles instead - don't throw away your corkscrews!
My Demley Old Snifter needs a hat. Anyone with a spare? Email: Derek Lepper
©2003 Don Bull, Editor