When The Green Fairy Disappeared, France Became Known For Its Wines
Once literally the toast of Paris, myths and rumors drove the production of the green spirit absinthe underground.
From the late 1800s through the early 1900s the absinthe craze was at its peak. The spirit, with an alcohol content up to 70 percent, originated in Switzerland and became the favorite of the French. Master Sommelier Doug Frost explains what led to the almost total disappearance of absinthe.