(Top image: “The Wine Tasters” etched by E.Forberg after a picture by E.Kurzbauer, etching published in the Art Journal, 1880)

NPR published a piece today about an 8,000 year old wine jug found in the country of Georgia. While most experts have long pointed to this region as the ancestral starting point for winemaking and the cultivation of vines for ancient man, this is the oldest such evidence found to date.

Neolithic Wine Jug - NPR
Courtesy of the Georgian National Museum via NPR

Which means we started drinking early.

And what did archaeologists find in this jug? Tartaric acid. That’s right, those shiny little crystalline deposits found in bright (not very cold stabilized) white wines across the world. Who knew?

You can read the full story here.

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