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Shedeh was a drink of Ancient Egypt. Although it was long thought to have been made from pomegranates, recent evidence suggests it came from grapes.[1]


In 2006, a team of Spanish scientists led by Maria Rosa Guasch-Jané developed a new method of identifying an acid left by compounds in red wine. The evidence was compiled using both liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry together, which revealed syringic acid in scrapings taken from jars in King Tutankhamun's tomb. Syringic acid is released by the breakdown of the compound malvidin, found in red wine.[2]

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  1. ^ Maria Rosa Guasch-Jané, Cristina Andrés-Lacueva, Olga Jáuregui and Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventós, The origin of the ancient Egyptian drink Shedeh revealed using LC/MS/MS, Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol 33, Iss 1 , Jan. 2006, pp. 98-101.
  2. ^ BBC News, King Tut's tipple 'was red wine'