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Are all wine vines related?

The vine that produces wine grapes is native to only one place on earth—the Caucasus mountain range, an area that today is comprised of parts of Georgia, Armenia, and eastern Turkey. Without exception, all the varieties of vitis vinifera (the true wine vine’s botanical name) we know today are descended from these original vines. Some Continue Reading »

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A Visit to the World’s Oldest Known Winery

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 »

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Wine Made the Oldest Way of All

The hip, cozy watering hole known as Backbar occupies a back room of Journeyman restaurant in Somerville’s Union Square. With its usual team of cocktail jockeys off at a trade event a couple of years ago, then GM Meg Grady-Troia filled the void with a few somms-for-a-day. I was pleased to be asked in. My topic: Continue Reading »