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The origin of French wine.

The origin of French wine.

A new study finds evidence that ancient Gauls began wine production in 425 B.C. in the Languedoc

Dom Pérignon, Pétrus, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti—the roots of these iconic wines and all of French wine culture may lie in a simple stone press, according to new scientific research. Uncovered in the Mediterranean town of Lattes, just south of Montpelier, the roughly 2,400-year-old artifact was originally identified by archaeologists as an olive-oil press. But a new round of chemical and archaeological analysis now identifies the press as the earliest evidence of wine production in France.

The analysis, headed by Patrick McGovern, the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and reported in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses an array of evidence to not only hypothesize when the French started making wine, but who originally taught them how to do it.

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The Magic of Beaujolais Nouveau!

The Magic of Beaujolais Nouveau!

The first wines of the 2012 harvest from Beaujolais, France, hit bars and shops just in time for Turkey Day.

It’s nouveau time. At the stroke of midnight on November 15, the first wines of the 2012 harvest from Beaujolais, France, flooded bars, restaurants and shops worldwide—and just in time for Turkey Day.

It’s been 30 years since leading Beaujolais producer Georges Duboeuf, dubbed the “King of Beaujolais,” first sent the fresh and fruity French wine stateside, and every year since its debut, Duboeuf has launched the release in style. This year’s bash—held at L’Express restaurant on Park Avenue South in New York City, which was decked out to resemble a Beaujolais village—was themed Nouveau Magic.

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