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by Fred McMillin
Name The King
What The King's Wine Cellar Tells Us
The King preferred dry wines. The labels indicated only 15% of the wines were sweet.
The labels name the estate responsible for producing and bottling the wine.
The location of the vineyard and the name of the chief vintner were stated.
Only two of the ten chief vintners were not from the king's own country.
The 4th, 5th and 9th vintages of his reign were the best. The 5th year made up nearly one third of the inventory.
OK. Who's the King? Wine's important, so I'll guess Italy or France. There are labels, so printing had been invented. I'll guess it's French royalty of the 16th century.
Now, here are a few more clues.
Yup, we're talking about King Tut's wine. Year 5 was 1344 B.C.!
Hence, our Wine of the Day comes from a grape that probably existed in King Tut's time. Here's what Master of Wine Jancis Robinson says about it.
1997 Moscato, California
Credits: Analysis of King Tut's wines by Prof. Leonard H. Lesko, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing several years ago, when he led the Dept. Of Egyptology and Ancient History Graduate Studies, U. Of Cal., Berkeley.
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