Scientists have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel, and chemical analysis shows this is where they kept the good stuff.
Samples from the ceramic jars suggest they held a luxurious beverage that was evidently reserved for banquets, researchers said.
"It's not wine that somebody is just going to come home from a hard day and kick back and drink," said Andrew Koh of Brandeis University. He found signs of a blend of ingredients that may have included honey, mint, cedar, tree resins and cinnamon bark.
1700 years after the proposed age of this excellent cellar, a man in Galilee who claimed to be the son of the person who created the entire universe, performed his first miracle at a wedding: turning water to wine. The master of the banquet offered this critique of that wine:
[The master of the banquet] called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”In short, the man who claims to be the son of the entity that made everything does not make bad wine.