The cave complex at Areni, Armenia houses the world’s oldest known winery. ARENI, ARMENIA. As caves go it isn’t the sort to attract attention. There are no souvenir shops on the approach and no dramatic lighting within intended to highlight the kind of fantastic calcified structures that are so beloved of spelunker-wannabe tourists. There is Continue Reading »
There’s something out there called the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory. It’s run by the University of Pennsylvania Museum and one of the things that keeps its inmates occupied is the examination of some of the oldest containers known for signs they once may have held alcoholic beverages. The idea is to determine when and where controlled fermentations Continue Reading »
The Champagne region of France was the first to make very serious bubblies, and is still considered to be the best producer of fine sparkling wines.
When we pop the cork of a sparkling wine at a party or for a celebratory moment, we release a flurry of bubbles. How do those bubbles get in there? There are several ways that it can happen.