White Lightening

This was shot at the amazing Bernardo Winery. Wine to White Lightening from the Bernardo Winery in San Diego?

I am not saying that during Prohibition that the Bernardo Winery “fortified” their Wine, but I do know that this is quite easy – my Father produced many gallons of  Valge Valke (Estonian translation for White Lightening) and it was somewhat strong!

You may recognize The Ball Mason Jar now used in many Bars (and for Pickling). The earliest glass jars were called wax sealers, because they used sealing wax, which was poured into a channel around the lip that held on a tin lid. This process was complicated and error-prone, but was largely the only one available for a long time, and widely used even into the early 1900s.

These jars were later used by entrepaneaurs transporting Shine during the Prohibition. The drivers would customize their cars engines, transmissions, shocks etc in order to keep ahead of the FBI. This was the birth of National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing  or (NASCAR)…. Funny how things evolve!

150 Proof

3 responses

  1. I am a huge NASCAR fan, I absolutely love today’s blog and image Erik!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  2. Let’s go racing, boys.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

  3. Tom Barnett

    Erik, I really love this shot!

    March 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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