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2,000 Year Old Wine Discovered!

2,000 Year Old Wine Discovered!

blog , Laurita Winery , News , wine news , Wine Science , Wine Weirdness 🕔March 24, 2018 0 comments

Do you remember the old commercials…? “We will sell no wine before its time.”

Some of you are no doubt too young… and some of you are cursing us right now for making you feel old. (Don’t feel too bad. We remember the commercials well ourselves.)

Either way, the idea of well-aged wine is not a new one. But archeologists in China have discovered a really, really aged wine. 2,200 years aged, to be as precise as science can estimate! The Chinese paper GBTimes has more.

According to Zhang Yanglizheng, an assistant researcher at SPIA, the 300ml of milky-white liquid possess alcoholic substances such hydroxyproline and glutamate. This would suggest that it possesses similar qualities and features to modern-day fermented wine.

According to The History Blog (where we found these images), an ancient bronze vessel containing the wine was found in a cemetery of commoners’ graves in Shaanxi province, capital of the Qin Dynasty.

It is a sacrificial vessel, buried for ritual reasons. Interring wine as a sacrificial offering for the dead was a common practice at the time. The jug’s mouth was sealed tight with a coarse hessian fabric, made of jute or sisal fibers, and tied with plant material. It was so effective at blocking air from entering the vessel that even after more than two thousands years, the liquid inside was still fluid when archaeologists removed the stopper.

The discovery amounted to approximately 10 fluid ounces of a milky liquid.

Testing also found small amounts of proteins and fatty acids in the liquor which indicate this ancient tipple was similar to today’s yellow rice wine.

We admit to a bit of morbid curiosity here. Two thousand year old wine and nobody thought to… we dunno… try a sip?!

We would have. Just saying.

And we’ll just bet that ol’ Orson Welles would have, too.

For those of you who do remember… enjoy.

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