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Bottoms up! The story of wine, its rituals and its vessels Andy McConnell Wednesday 22 November 2017

Well-known from the Antiques Roadshow, Andy traces the story of wine from its humble beginnings in rotting grapes before the Bronze Age to the present when single bottles can change hands for thousands of pounds. He examines the extraordinary diversity of paintings and artefacts, including drinking vessels, created by history’s greatest artists and craftsmen to enhance the pleasure of wine and impress guests. The talk visits the ancient societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome, travels through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and 18th century Britain and culminates in the present day, when more wine is being consumed than ever before.