ancient stories about wine and love
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Part One: Ancient History to the End of the First Century B.C.
“Without… wine love would grow cold.” – Roman proverb
From Dionysus and Aphrodite to Mark Antony and Cleopatra, the world of viticulture and the human proclivity for passion are inextricably linked. Sometimes wine acts as a catalyst for the chemistry between lovers, other times the obsession at hand is love for the actual elixir itself. Either way, there is one constant certainty: wine is present with humankind through the ages, flowing alongside the timeline of history like a languid river of romance and mystique. The meandering path of wine saunters through the unfolding eras below, into the present day and splashing, alas, into the very glasses clinked between lovers. Though the wines of these eras are long since quelled, this timeline includes modern suggestions — aptly named for honoring the vintners, toasters and lovers within these stories.