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This photo reminds me the famous Greek wine "retsina".
Have you ever tasted this wine?

Retsina is a Greek white resinated wine, which has been made for at least 2000 years. Its unique flavor is said to have originated from the practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly amphorae, with Aleppo Pine resin in ancient times. Before the invention of impermeable glass bottles, oxygen caused many wines to spoil within the year. Pine resin helped keep air out, while at the same time infusing the wine with resin aroma. The Romans began to use barrels in the 3rd century AD, removing any necessity for resin, but the flavor itself was so popular that the style is still widespread today

Anecdotal history

Popular anecdotes about the evolution of retsina stem from the Roman conquest of Greece. Stories claim that the Romans plundered the wines of Greece, angering the citizens who turned to pine resin as a way of extending their store of wine and as a deterrent to their thirsty conquerors. The harsh flavor was said to put off the Romans, who refused to drink the bitter ferment. Another anecdote claims that an excess of undiluted retsina was lethal for King Eric I of Denmark and Sigurd I of Norway

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  • Copyright: Serghei Pakhomoff (serp2000) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3759 W: 76 N: 5850] (47063)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-06-11
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/20 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 6:34
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