Muscat of Alexandria Leaf from Sutter Home Winery.
"He is given advance warning of the flood and told to build a boat. He builds a boat and loads it with food and animals and birds. Through this
means he is saved while the rest of the world perishes."
...The Stones Cry Out, Dr. Randall Price, 1997
The Rest of the Story
Of course, Dr. Price is talking about Noah. Right?
WRONG! In 1956 British scholar Alan Millard
was studying stone tablets in the basement of the
British museum, where they had been stored for
over a century. Suddenly, it occurred to him
"that the wording sounded strangely like the
book of Genesis." But the boatbuilder was named
Atrahasis, not Noah, and the account was
Babylonian, written centuries before the Biblical
The actual flood occurred around 2400 B.C. It
left a body of water some 400 miles long and 100
miles wide. Atrahasis does not tell us about
planting the vineyard after the deluge, so we turn
to Noah. I've scoured many sources and the clues
indicated that the vines were about five years
old when the first harvest occurred in the month
of January. As yet undiscovered scrolls and/or
tablets may tell us more some day.
There's less uncertainty about what grape made
the first wine after the flood. Most scholars
agree that the Muscat family is man's oldest
winemaker. There are a number of models available.
The Black Muscat has done well in some of my
tastings, the Muscat of Alexandria can make better
dessert wines than many wine books indicate, and
the Muscat Canelli (alias Muscat Blanc) is the
most highly regarded. Here are the best my panel
has tasted in recent years. All are dessert types.
Decendants of that First Winemaking Grape
of the Muscats
|| Sutter Home Moscato, Inexpensive
|| Moscato Bianco, La Famiglia
Robert Mondavi, Medium price
|| Ceretto Moscato d'Asti, Italy,
Medium price (Palace Brands)
|| Muscat Vin Doux. Naturel,
Clos du Lac, Medium price
|| Muscat de Beaumes del Venise,
Domaine de Coyeux,France,Med price
|| Moscato d'Asti, Michele Chiarlo,
Italy, Medium price(Kobrand)
|| Muscat of Alexandria, Charles
Mitchell, Medium price
||Electra (Orange Muscat), Quady,
Some of my other sources say the workers who built
the ark were given generous amounts of both white and red
wine, indicating Noah was not the first winemaker. Readers
may send in contradictory views and we'll be delighted to
publish them with full credit in a later article.