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This Week’s Wine Wisdom

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

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TutankhamunIt is said that the first evidence of white wine in ancient Egypt is from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Wine has been considered to be mainly red in ancient Egypt linked with the blood of Osiris, the God of resurrection. No text that refers to white wines from the Dynastic Period (3150-332 BC) exists. The first white wine from ancient Egypt was made near Alexandria during the third century AD. To investigate the presence of white wine in ancient Egypt, dry residue samples from King Tutankhamun’s amphorae were studied. This investigation into the existence of white wines in Tutankhamun’s tomb shed new light on the symbolism of white wine in ancient Egypt.