CHATEAU JIAHU, VINTAGE 7000 BC

October 15, 2006 § Leave a comment

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For those of you who speed read, please don’t skip the part about a “troupe of possessed women.”

This evening, you will have the chance to taste Chateau Jiahu, the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world, dating back to about 7000 B.C. It is a mixed fermented beverage of malted rice, wild-flower honey, and white grapes, fermented on a sake yeast with hawthorn berries. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology laboratory will discuss how his lab and colleagues resurrected ancient Chinese and Near Eastern beverages.

Darrin Siegfried, wine expert and restaurateur, former Sommelier Society of America President, will comment on the qualities of the new old wines, and lead the tasting. Music will be provided by Katie Down, playing water – whoops, wine – glasses. And choreographer and dancer Rachel Cohen will invest the peaceful glade of the Cornelia Street Café with her troupe of possessed women. Any bulls nearby may be sacrificed, for this night Dionysus rules!

Usually Entertaining Science has just one show. This time, by popular demand, there will be two shows, at 6 PM and at 8:30PM. When you call the café for a reservation, please specify the show.

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~mcgovern/
http://www.museum.upenn.edu/Midas/intro.html

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