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How the middle classes in the 18th-19th centuries shaped the wine industry

The Economist has posted an interesting article on how the British middle class of the 18th and 19th centuries shaped the wine industry. In the 18th century drinking claret helped the rich to distinguish themselves from England’s port-sodden squirearchy. Port was not only the more traditional drink, but also—because it attracted

Archaeologist recreates ancient brews

Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, loves recreating ancient potables. Over time, McGovern became interested in ancient pottery, then discovering what was inside the pottery. A colleague presented him with a large jar from Iran from 3500 B.C. that had a reddish deposit. She sought his analysis. The vessel contained