The story of wine spans thousands of years. Linked to the history of agriculture, cuisine and civilization, it’s earliest appearances include archaeological evidence of grapevine domestication in Early Bronze Age sites of the Near East, Sumer and Egypt from around the third millennium BC.
The world’s oldest known winery was uncovered in a mountainous area of Armenia around 4100 B.C. It contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars and cups. Archaeologists also found grape seeds and vines of the species Vitis vinifera. Patrick McGovern, author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003) wrote, "The fact that winemaking was already so well developed in 4000 BC suggests that the technology probably goes back much earlier.”
Wine has long been a beverage of choice at community gatherings, especially when observing religious or cultural customs and traditions, like weddings and harvest celebrations.
Today there are as many– if not more - reasons to enjoy a glass of wine as there are reasons for people to gather together. Whether or not your vintner palette is experienced, Drink Wine With Dinner™ ~ An Introduction: Enjoy Wine, Food and Fun with Rosina Wilson has some great suggestions about how to make the most of your wine choices.
This 30-page e-book offers tips on how to buy, store and serve wine; how to pair it with your favorite meals; even how to create your own wine-friendly signature recipes.
Wilson is a wine and food writer, educator and consultant. She has written hundreds of articles for dozens of publications, and authored the cookbook Seafood Pasta and Noodles ~ The New Classics (Ten Speed Press).
Her credits also include serving as a certified wine judge and co-founder of Wine X Magazine. She also taught the “Wine and Food Pairing” course to future chefs, for ten years, at the California Culinary Academy.
For get your free copy of her book, visit her site.