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Historians in Germany are debating whether or not to open what is believed to be the world

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I'm still amazed at the quality of the glass making. The bottle looks modern. Where exactly is the seal? at the top of the neck? I don't see it. Very interesting, thanks for posting.

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I had incorrectly thought that Roman glass was almost always translucent or colored (and not clear). Obviously, I was wrong.

 

It should be interesting to see which grapes were used to make the wine.

 

 

guy also known as gaius

Edited by guy

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It doesn't look very drinkable :)

Why on earth would one want to open it?

 

"It was discovered in 1867 and analysed by the Kaiser

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I was under the impression that the storage of wine in bottles didn't come about until after the middle ages. There's some thing about this article that doesn't ring true. Bottle never opened, yet wine was "analyzed" in the 19th Century.

Edited by Ludovicus

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Wow, that is amazing. But, hey, why not, make a tiny hole, get a small amount of wine and analyze it. Who knows what it could tell us?

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There is evidence that the Romans stored wine in glass bottles. See:

http://www.sutton.com/articles/view-24

 

Corks weren't used. The Romans floated a layer of olive oil on top of the bottled wine to keep it from oxidizing. Yuck!

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Well, that's not too bad. I mean imagine if the would use lead to sweeten the wine, or rotten fish to spice up their food. That would be URK!

 

Oh wait... They did that too.

 

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Just like I like my vino: chunky

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