We're back in the vineyards this year refining our skills in the old #viticulture #winemaking
craft. After doing some reading about wine and grapes, I found out some interesting similarities between the spread of #VineCulture
and Cannabis trade history. We've already briefly touched on the Scythian diffusion of cannabis by land but now we will travel over seas with the #Canaanite #Phoenicians
In 2013, Dr. Andrew Koh, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and a team of archaeologists working in northern Israel unearthed the storage magazines of a Canaanite palace from 1700 BCE containing remnants of what is considered to be the oldest and largest ancient wine cellar in the Near East. Chemical analysis of the jars found at the site suggests the Canaanites drank a strong, sweet wine flavored with an exotic mix of additives, all or most of which are attested in the 18th century BC Mari texts from Mesopotamia and the 15th century BC Ebers Papyrus from Egypt. The additives suggest a sophisticated understanding of the botanical landscape and the pharmacopeic skills necessary to produce a complex beverage that balanced preservation, palatability, and psychoactivity. Perhaps our #cannabiswine
ideas aren't so novel.
In the video clip in the 9th slide of this post, Dr. Andrew Koh stated, "If grape DNA can be isolated at Kabri in future seasons, it is possible that more closely related cultivars that are presently feral in the region or surviving in European vineyards after export in antiquity could be identified or even cloned." Does this statement not mirror the exact efforts of breeders and #strainhunters
around the world searching for the chemotypes of times past in attempts to recreate the classic profiles and experiences of old? Perhaps a study of the #traderoutes
of the Phoenicians might help lead us to some hints like the Scythians have.
Also, our journey leads back to Solomon as it is rumored that he hired a mighty man of his army to capture the demon Ashmedai with "a pipe of the most exquisite wine of the vines of 'Bal Hamon,' a famous vineyard, the property of King Solomon." Israelite #Bybline
wine is exquisite. #yayin