Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority have just released surprising findings from a chemical analysis of sixth-century b.c.e. wine jars recently discovered in the City of David: It turns out that Jerusalem’s elites enjoyed their wine with a touch of vanilla.
On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses details of the discovery as well as some interesting connections to the book of Jeremiah.
New Discovery: Jerusalem Elites Were Imbibing on Vanilla-Laced Wine Before City’s Fall
Journal article: Residue Analysis Evidence for Wine Enriched with Vanilla Consumed in Jerusalem on the Eve of the Babylonian Destruction in 586 B.C.E