NOW THAT’S VIN­TAGE

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Pieces of bro­ken pottery in the na­tion of Georgia pro­vide the ear­li­est known ev­i­dence for the ori­gins of today’s wine­mak­ing in­dus­try. The eight shards were found to be roughly 8,000 years old. That’s some 600 to 1,000 years older than the pre­vi­ous record, re­vealed by a wine jar found in Iran. It’s not the old­est ev­i­dence of wine­mak­ing; other ev­i­dence shows wine was pro­duced in China much ear­lier, but the Chi­nese used a wild grape that has ap­par­ently never been do­mes­ti­cated. Re­searchers say the Ge­or­gian wine was based on a Eurasian species that did un­dergo do­mes­ti­ca­tion and formed the ba­sis for the vast ma­jor­ity of wine today.

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