Most Interesting Accidental Discoveries

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What are the most interesting accidental discoveries in the beverage world that you are familiar with? In other words, what wine/spirits/beer or factors of production were discovered by accident and still have a footprint in the market today? Champagne, madeira, charred oak etc...

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  • It was noticed that whiskey being shipped to New Orleans from Kentucky in charred oak barrels tasted better than other containers. In particular, whiskey from Bourbon County was highly sought after. They knew where it was from because the barrels were marked Bourbon. So folks started asking for Bourbon and the rest is history...

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