Since the dawn of time, alcohol has helped historical figures make their decisions — for better or worse. The Ancient Greeks, monarchs, dictators, and even Jesus couldn’t live without a little liquid courage. In fact, great general and pocket-size emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was so hooked on Courvoisier that he took 200 bottles of the champagne cognac with him when he was exiled to Elba in 1814. Talk about a party of one. Still, if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for the rest of us. After a long workday and an even longer commute, we can’t think of a better way to unwind than with a glass of wine with friends. This Wednesday, HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) hosts its monthly Wine Down Wednesdays, during which you can mingle with your pals and network with local professionals while sipping some Merlot or Pinot. Enjoy free access to exhibition galleries, live music, cultural performances, and nosh on light bites catered by Clos Bistro & Café. Free parking is provided at the Miami-Dade County Cultural Plaza Garage (50 NW Second Ave., Miami).
Wed., Sept. 5, 5 p.m., 2012