Saturday, December 10, 2011

To open, or not - world's oldest wine

Historians in Germany aren't certain what to do.
Is it better to open or not to open what is believed to be the world’s oldest bottle of wine?
The 1,650-year-old bottle, is sealed with wax and contains a white liquid. (the wine)
It has been on display at the Pfalz Historical Museum in Germany, for more than a century.
The wine was buried with a Roman noble near the German city of Speyer in 350AD. It was discovered in 1867 and analysed by the Kaiser’s chemists during the First World War.
The museum’s wine department curator Ludger Tekampe said: ‘We are not sure whether or not it could stand the shock to the air. It is still liquid.’
Wine professor Monika Christmann said: ‘Micro-biologically it is probably not spoiled, but it would not bring joy to the palate.’
Ludger Tekampe, the wine department curator of the museum, said; 'We are not sure whether or not it could stand the shock to the air.
'It is still liquid and there are some who believe it should be subjected to new scientific analysis but we are not sure.
'I have personally held the bottle twice in my hand during renovations. That was an amazing feeling.'
Just a touch of olive oil and a seal of hot wax has kept the white wine liquid protected 1650 years.