An archaeologist has created a tool to discover the colour of ancient wine. Maria Rosa Guasch-Jane has also found that an ancient Egyptian drink, shedeh, was made from red grapes. What I didn’t realise was that wine bottles from the time of Tutankhamun were labeled with the name of the product, the year of harvest and the vine grower. Scientists believe the first wine discovered in Egypt, buried in King Scorpion’s tomb in about 3125 B.C., was produced in Jordan and transported 500 miles by donkey and boat to Egypt.
“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.”
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