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Early Egyptian "Holy Wine" Presses Found

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Jul 2, 2008.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/081618-egypt-wine.html

Archaeologists recently found wine presses near Mount Sinai.

'"I think the monastery was using [these presses] to make the holy wine, because it's near to Mount Moses [Mount Sinai]," El-Naggar said, referring to the site where some believe the prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.' ...

They think the presses came from sometime between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D. Does anyone know when the first wine was made? I need to brush up on my wine history.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 2, 2008.

The history gets a bit hazy, but the best guess is that wine's discovery was back in the Neolithic period (i.e. 4000 BC or earlier) in eastern Turkey. It is no coincidence that this is also about the time and the place where other food crops and animals were domesticated too.

One hypothesis is that around 6000 BC, some grapes were crushed by accident in a notch in a rock. After fermenting for a few days, someone (the first wine critic, of course) tasted this "Stone Age Beaujolais Nouveau" and the rest is history.

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Reply by hipergas, Jul 3, 2008.

Nug-nug: "Holy crap, that grape juice is funky!"
Pah-tah: "Aer you trying new things again, like the time you ate the red berries?"
Nug-nug: "I kinda like it... very fruit forward, slight residual sugar... I like the no-oak approach... Let's do this again!
Pah-tah: "I don't know why I even try with you...."
Voila the first winemaking family.


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