What wine did Jesus drink at the Last Supper?

April 17, 2017 by Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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What kind of wine did Jesus serve at the Last Supper?

Patrick McGovern, a specialist in ancient beverages at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, has a few ideas.

Rich, concentrated wines, flavored with spices and fruits, were common in the Jerusalem area 2,000 years ago, McGovern tells the Independent, the London-based news site.

McGovern is renowned for his study of ancient vessels that yield clues to the beverages they once contained.

By analyzing chemical residues, he has identified chocolate-based elixirs from long-ago Central America and a honey-tinged beverage from a tomb that is thought to be the final resting place of the father of King Midas.

The Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware relied on his findings to create a modern-day equivalent of the latter, called Midas Touch.

But the Last Supper remains an unknown, noted McGovern, the scientific director of Penn's Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health.

The wines of the Middle East from that era were commonly flavored with pomegranates, mandrakes, saffron and cinnamon, McGovern told the Independent.

A better answer would be possible if someone found the vessel in question, he said.

"If someone can find me the Holy Grail and send it to my lab, we could analyse it and tell you," he said.

Explore further: Ancient Chinese pottery reveals 5,000-yr-old beer brew (Update)


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Apr 17, 2017
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5 / 5 (2) Apr 17, 2017
I am sure that if they had known they would be so famous they would have saved the receipt.
5 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2017
Jesus was Jewish so on the Passover Festival (of the "last Supper") the wine that they drank (4 glasses being specified, according to the Halacha) had to be fit (kosher) for that particular occasion, when the bread also had to be in the form of un-fermented matzah which was baked before fermentation (of its natural yeasts) began. This criterion of pre- or only fully fermentation, greatly limits the kind and quantity of "extras": that might have been added to the wine for flavor. Those that did not ferment were OK, unless it could be shown that in common with the grape-juice they were completely fermented.
1.6 / 5 (7) Apr 18, 2017
There is proof of wine.

There is no proof of Jesus.
3 / 5 (2) Apr 18, 2017
Macrocompassion: Interesting. And, you're right, any discussion of New Testament events has to remember that the major players were, and considered themselves to be, Jewish
So they drank Manischewitz. Mogen david?

To be sure it wasnt a proper eucharist as the blood and body were still warm.
Apr 18, 2017
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1 / 5 (2) Apr 19, 2017
I dunno. Whatever officially licensed nonsense has been missed-printed in the thousands of missed-interpretations of scriptural babble over the centuries,

I think it would have been a lot more believable that they would've partied on down with barley beer or honey mead,

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