I bet you didn’t know that wine is 6,000 years old, but it is. It dates to the Neolithic period — which means it’s 6,000 years old. And it was made by accident. Did you know that?

Some wild, Middle Eastern yeast got with a few stored-away grapes and fermented their sugar into alcohol. The Egyptians found out about it and refined the process. Then the Greeks fell in love with it, made a god to celebrate it, and passed it to the Romans who spread it across Europe to the Spanish who brought it with them to the New World. They might’ve also brought rats, but at least they knew how to party.

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