The first domesticated grape vine was in… Egypt? There’s an ancient hieroglyph that depicts wine growing onto a trellis of vertical poles, forked together up top to support a vine. Down below, the artwork shows those vines feeding into large earthen jars, meaning the Egyptians were hip to the basics of canopy management and drip irrigation. But how did this happen?

Before we move into more familiar territory we watch the grapevine move from the Fertile Crescent to the Nile Delta. It’s the Canaanites, the flooding of the Nile, Pharaohs, grapevine domestication, and it’s all right here on this episode of “Wine 101.” Tune in for more.

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“Wine 101” was produced, recorded, and edited by yours truly, Keith Beavers, at the VinePair headquarters in New York City. I want to give a big old shout-out to co-founders Adam Teeter and Josh Malin for creating VinePair. Big shout-out to Danielle Grinberg, the art director of VinePair, for creating the most awesome logo for this podcast. Also, Darby Cicci for the theme song. And I want to thank the entire VinePair staff for helping me learn something new every day. See you next week.

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