Origins of Wine Civilization


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"…one of the most unique wine events ever held in San Francisco" - Alder Yarrow, Vinography

Join noted academics and industry experts on Sunday, March 13th for a day of discovery and intrigue as you traverse the history of ancient wines and their evolution to modern expressions, tasting examples from the Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean regions. This ground-breaking event will merge the academic and commercial aspects of wine, explore the ancient and modern styles from where wine originated, and its place in today’s society.

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San Francisco Wine School’s author of Inside Interviews, David Furer, will host a full day of seminars and guided tastings with some of the foremost authorities on ancient wines starting with a keynote address by the world's most highly acclaimed archaeologist of fermented beverages, Dr. Patrick McGovern. He will bring us up-to-date on the most recent scientific developments. Says McGovern,

"This gathering will be the first time in the U.S. that wine lovers will have the opportunity to tap into the tastes and rich history of where it all began.”

Full day attendees will also enjoy a multi-ethnic luncheon sponsored by Meritaj with the speakers, panelists and modern wines from these regions.  

Following the day’s seminars, a Grand Tasting of modern wines from these countries along with book signings by Professor McGovern and Dr. Hunt will be held from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

After the Grand Tasting, guests are invited to attend a very special happy hour downstairs at Armstrong Brewing Company where along with their fabulous standards, we'll taste some special ancient recipes.

Read the full press release for further details...

For more on the subject, check out David Furer's Insider Interviews with Dr. Patrick McGovern, Dr. Patrick HuntBartholomew Broadbent and Alberto Antonini, and Daniel O'Donnell on our Glancy Wine Blog.  Also check out Master Sommelier David Glancy's new blog Searching for the Origins of Fermented Beverages.

Speakers and Panelists

Host & Panel Moderator: David Furer
Journalist, Author, Marketer

Dr. Patrick McGovern
Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia

Dr. Patrick Hunt

Archeologist, Writer, Stanford University 

Wes Hagen
Winemaker, Viticulturist, Wine Educator, AVA Consultant and TED Talk Stage Nominee: History of Wine

Alberto Antonini
Winemaker Zorah Winery, Armenia and Enologist Gruppo Matura

Fadi Batarseh
Manager of the agronomical sector at Cremisan Wine Estate in Palestine

Jeff Berlin
Wine Director,
À Côté, Oakland

Bartholomew Broadbent 
Importer Chateau Musar, Lebanon

Joel Butler, MW
Author, Co-owner World of Wines

Darrell Corti 
Proprietor, Corti Bros.

Zorik Gharibian
Founder Zorah Winery, Armenia

Lisa Granik, MW

Paul Hobbs
Winemaker, Yacoubian-Hobbs Wines, Armenia

Robert Michero
Managing Director LAC-Carlo Products

Daniel O'Donnell 
Winemaker Kayra Winery, Turkey


 10:00am Welcome: Master Sommelier David Glancy
Program Overview: Author David Furer
10:15am Keynote: The Archaeological and Chemical Hunt For the Origins Of Viniculture: Past, Present, and Future by Dr. Patrick McGovern
11:15am Caucasus, Panel Discussion, and Guided Tasting: 

Alberto Antonini, Jeff Berlin, Zorik Gharibian, Lisa Granik MW, Paul Hobbs, Robert Michero. Moderated by David Furer

12:15pm Multi-ethnic Luncheon sponsored by Meritaj with Speakers and Panelists, welcoming address by Wes Hagen
1:45pm The Civilization of Wine from the Phoenicians to the Egyptians & Canaanites by Dr. Patrick Hunt
2:15pm Eastern Mediterranean Panel Discussion and Guided Tasting: Fadi Batarseh, Bartholomew Broadbent, Joel Butler MW, Darrell Corti, Daniel O'Donnell. Moderated by David Furer
3:30pm Grand Tasting: Wine of Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey
5:30pm Happy Hour: Ancient Brews at Armstrong Brewing Company 
415 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA  94080


Caucasus Panel
Shumi Tsinandali ​2014, Georgia
Shavnabada Saperavi ​2007, Georgia
Zorah Karasì 2013, Armenia
Trinity Canyon Vyds 6100 2013, Armenia

Eastern Mediterranean Panel
Chateau Musar Rose ​2004, Lebanon
Cremisan Hamdani/Jandali 201​2​, Palestine
Kadma Gemini 2013, Israel
Kayra Terra Kal​eci​k Karasì ​2014, Turkey
Kayra Versus Öküzgözü 2013, Turkey
Gülor Sayeste Öküzgözü/Boğazkere 2012, Turkey
Chateau Musar Blanc ​​1989, Lebanon

Grand Tasting - Partial List
Trinity Canyon Vineyard "6100" 2013
Karas White 2014
Karas Red 2014
Keush NV, Methode Traditionnelle
Zorah Karasì Areni Noir 2013

Pheasant Tears Tavkveri Dry Red 2013
Pheasant Tears Chinuri Dry White 2014
Shavnabada Rkatsiteli Bakurtsikhe, Kakheti 2003
Gotsa Winery Mtsvane Babaneuri Kakheti 2013
Shumi Saperavi Tsinandali Kakheti 2014
Kindzmarauli Marani Kindzmarauli Original (semi sweet) Kindzmarauli Kakheti 2014

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Cabernet Galilee 2012
Golan Heights Winery Yarden Merlot Galilee 2010
Golan Heights Winery Yarden Pinot Galilee 2011
Golan Heights Winery Yarden Chardonnay Galilee 2013
Golan Heights Winery Yarden 2T Galilee 2011

Zumot Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 
Zumot Wines Pinot Grigio 2015 
Zumot Wines Pinot Noir 2009 
Zumot Wines Merlot-Barbera Winemaker's selection 2012
Zumot Wines Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker's selection 2014
Zumot Wines Shiraz-Grenache Winemaker's selection 2011
Zumot Wines Carmenere Winemaker's selection 2009

Chateau Ksara Cuvee du Pape Chardonnay 2013
Chateau Ksara Red Cuvee 2012
Chateau Ksara Le Souverain 2010
Chateau Musar Jeune Red 2012
Chateau Musar Jeune White 2014
Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils 2011
Chateau Musar Red 2007
Chateau Musar Red 2004

Cremisan "Star of Bethlehem" Hamdani Jandali
Cremisan "Star of Bethlehem" Dabouki
Cremisan "Star of Bethlehem" Baladi

Gülor G Rouge Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Gülor G Silver Öküzgözü-Petit Verdot 2011
Gülor Sayeste Öküzgözü/Boğazkere 2012
Sevilen Kalecik Karasi Güney Plateau/Denizli 2013
Kavaklidere Ancyra Red Kalecik Karasi Central Anatolia 2013
Kavaklidere Lal Rosé Çalkarasi Denizli 2014
Kavaklidere Pendore Red Bogazkere Aegean 2010
Kocabag Öküzgözü Red Öküzgözü Cappadocia 2013
Kayra Vintage Öküzgözü Elazig 2013
Kayra Vintage Boğazkere, 2012
Kayra Terra Narince 2014
Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karası Denizli 2015
Sevilen Narince White Narince Anatolian 2013
Suvla Karasakiz Rose 2013
Suvla Karasakiz 2013
Suvla Sur 2010

...and more!

Date, time, tickets

Full Day Passes (10am-5:30pm) - SOLD OUT
All Speaker & Panel Sessions, Luncheon, Grand Tasting, & Happy Hour

Grand Tasting Tickets (3:30pm-5:30pm)
Grand Tasting & Happy Hour

Limited discounts available for qualified press & trade. Sponsorship opportunities available.  Email for more information.

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Parking and public transportation

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

Amoura Restaurant

Grand Tasting:
Chateau Musar Wines
Ideal North America Inc.
Kayra Wines
LAC Products Importer ~Trinity Canyon Vineyards, Armenia, & Chateau Ksara, Lebanon
Terra Sancta Trading Company
World of Wines
Wines of Georgia: Cradle of Wine Civilization
San Francisco Wine School


A representative sampling of the ca. 700 wine jars from the Scorpion tomb. (Photo courtesy of German Institute of Archaeology, Cairo.)

Wine amphora from tomb 217 of cemetery 4 at Gebel Adda (Egypt), dated to early Byzantine times (the Ballana Period of Lower Nubia, 4th-early 6th c. AD). Photograph courtesy of W. Pratt and the Royal Ontario Museum (Egyptian Dept. no. 65:3:63).

Patrick McGovern in the Lower Egyptian Gallery of the Penn Museum, with the third largest sphinx to his side and columns of the 13th c. B.C. Merenptah palace behind him. Photo by Alison Dunlop.


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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