I was listing to a show on one of the cable shows, I think the Food Network last night, and the host made the case that the French had invented a product called “Coca Wine” and he then went on to make the case that a fellow by the name of Pemberton started making Coca Wine and selling it in the US.
As the narrator’s story went, he had a compelling bit, saying that Pemberton then switched to making the product as a non-alcoholic soda during prohibition. And that they stopped putting cocaine in the the Coke in 1903.
A very, very compelling story indeed. Except for the fact that the Voldstead Act, which started prohibition, was enacted in 1919. What Food Network failed to note was this:
Sometimes the devil is in the details. Technically, they’re right, but their presentation was all wrong. When we refer to prohibition in the US, we refer to the Volstead Act…