the great wine-maker

in 1883
a Corsican, Angelo Mariani,
bottled a cocaine-containing
wine
called
Vin Mariani.

it was drunk by many
famous and prestigious
Europeans
including
Pope Leo XIII
who
in appreciation
gave Mariani a
gold medal and a
citation
declaring Mariani
a

benefactor of
humanity.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript