Yes, the world’s favorite cola owes its existence to wine. In the mid 1800s ”tonic” wines were introduced. These were fortified with coca, which is the same source of cocaine. Vin Mariani was a popular variety. Tonic wines were enjoyed by millions across the globe including Queen Victoria and Thomas Edison. An American version was Pemberton’s French Wine Coca, produced in Atlanta. In 1885, local prohibition laws forced John Pemberton to produce a non-alcoholic version. Already pepped up with caffeine-rich kola nuts, he replaced the wine with non-alcoholic syrup and Coca-Cola was born.