Just Like the Old Days

In the first and second centuries B.C., wine from the Greek island of Kos was the toast of the Mediterranean. Famed for its medicinal qualities, this sun-blessed nectar was enjoyed across the ancient world and even reached the western coast of India.

That's what thirsty Indians at the time thought, anyway. Recent archaeological studies of their discarded and supposedly Koan amphorae have concluded that those wines were imitations, produced in Italy and simply packaged to appear as if they were from Kos. Two thousand years before the spread of knock-off Rolexes and bootlegged DVDs,...

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