Were members of the animal kingdom the planet's first wine tipplers?
Biologists have noted that birds and primates have always been naturally drawn to the smell of ethanol produced by fermented fruit.
And, of course, humans certainly took an early interest in fact, the earliest historical records provide detailed information on wine and wine growing areas in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Egypt.
Today, France and Germany, Hungary,
Italy and many other European countries proudly boast wine histories
dating back to the Romans and Celts. While Africa, the Americas
and Australia are relative newcomers to wine making, their native populations
were surely master vintners as well.
Today, the art of drinking wine has been so fine-tuned that wine drinking has been elevated to an art, while volumes could be written just on the history of the wine glass alone.
Sit back, grab a glass and join us on a deep dig into what else lies ahead
on the Web concerning the varied, fascinating and lively history of wine ...
101: Wine History - Beginning with Noah and the Old Testament, on up to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the Greco-Roman period, (with factoids on the world's oldest wine bottle) and across the Atlantic to New World vintners, the rise of the California wine industry, and including a good list of related links.
Wines- A Legacy of France - The immersion course in French wine beginning with the Middle Ages, a discussion on the Phylloxera disaster in 19th century on up to modern harvesting, fermenting, and maturation processes together with practical info on buying French wine, winery visits, related resources and suggested reading.
History of Champagne- Into Wine hosts an online celebration with a colorful history on the medieval monk/inventor - Dom Pérignon - together with a pronunciation guide, vintage chart, tips on serving champagne and don't miss Champagne at the Movies.