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World's oldest wine is 1,650 years old

By T.K. Randall
December 11, 2011 · Comment icon 13 comments



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The ancient bottle was discovered in 1867 and has been kept at the Pfalz Historical Musuem.
Historians are swithering whether or not to open the bottle for further study, however concerns have been raised over what might happen if the ancient liquid inside was to be exposed to the air. "Micro-biologically it is probably not spoiled, but it would not bring joy to the palate," said wine expert Monika Christmann. Taking a swig of the 1650-year-old concoction is not recommended.
The wine, believed to have been produced locally, was buried with a Roman noble near the German city of Speyer in 350AD. It was discovered in 1867 and analysed by the Kaiser’s chemists during the First World War.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by libstaK 11 years ago
‘Micro-biologically it is probably not spoiled, but it would not bring joy to the palate.’ Really??? Did she actually SEE that thing? If something looked like that in my fridge - I'd throw out everything including the FRIDGE.
Comment icon #5 Posted by little_dreamer 11 years ago
Some people like a little (bacteria) culture in their wine.
Comment icon #6 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
hehe .. the wine is described as " white liquid " ... maybe it isn't /wasn't wine? If it was wine.. maybe it was ok until it was ......... The wine, believed to have been produced locally, was buried with a Roman noble near the German city of Speyer in 350AD. It was discovered in 1867 and analysed by the Kaiser’s chemists during the First World War. So, they must have opened it ? ... or maybe they got a drop out with a syringe, and resealed it ? .... who knows. .. Sure looks nasty though
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mario Lemieux 11 years ago
This is awesome. Being in the wine business, hope this doesn't get opened.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 11 years ago
I think they should leave it be, it would spoil it to open it. By spoil I mean it would lose it's importance as the world's oldest and nobody would want to drink it anyway. So what will they do? Pour it down the drain, re-bottle/store it again? There doesn't seem much point in opening it if the contents will just go to waste.
Comment icon #9 Posted by 95-Nasty 11 years ago
Cheers!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Rye17 11 years ago
I've put my liver through hell but I think I'll pass on this...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Device 11 years ago
I've seen bottles of milk go like that in peoples fridges (Okay, my fridge. Years ago. Okay, last year.) No. Leave it the way it is for historical purposes.
Comment icon #12 Posted by HMS Dreadnought 11 years ago
It should definitely be left how it is.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Odds 11 years ago
I say crack it open, i always heard 350AD was a good vintage!


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