Good Morning Gentle Readers,
A week or so ago in Lost Wages, TWC had the opportunity to share some of Christopher Hitchens' second-hand smoke. As is typically the case, Hitchens was urbane and engaging, but I must say that, erudite commentary aside, my favorite Hitchens pronouncement is that Wine Is Red.
Apparently King Tutankhamen was in total agreement with Hitchens and TWC because researchers have discovered that it is pretty likely King Tut drank red wine.
Several clues had led scientists to believe that the wine may have been red: drawings from the time of grapes being pressed into wine were red and purple, for example. But the color of King Tut's wine was impossible to verify until Guasch-Jane invented a process to detect a color compound not found in white wine called syringic acid.
Keith and I found it particularly fascinating that....
Wine bottles from King Tutankhamun's time were labeled with the name of the product, the year of harvest, the source and the vine grower.....but did not include the color of the wine.
Whole story here.
tip of the jar to Keith R & Charley S
From the TWC archives, originally appearing November 14, 2005.
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