Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wine connects us with the earth and our past

In recent headlines from Science Daily there is a new research paper released titled "New evidence of 'Nordic grog' discovered in Scandinavia" which talks about a recent discovery that highlights innovative and complex fermented beverages of northern Europe in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Read the full article HERE

It reminds us that every time we open a bottle of wine we are not only connecting with the friends that we share that glass with, but we are also connecting ourselves with the earth and our past.

Reading about the influence of wine on the history of the world is a fascinating story.

From Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture by Patrick E. McGovern:

The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the vine by drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the texts and art of long-forgotten peoples.

Next time you open a bottle of wine don't just sip it and taste the flavor of the grape; Breath in the connection with your past. 

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