It turns out King Tutankhamen had a penchant for white wine, at least in the afterlife.
It turns out King Tutankhamen had a penchant for white wine, at least in the afterlife. (AP Photo/Mohamed El-Dakhakhny)

Apparently King Tut drank white wine -- who knew?

When Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, he found treasures beyond measure, including 26 wine amphorae, a dozen of them still intact and carefully labeled with the name, year, vineyard and vintner -- as in "Year 5. Sweet wine of the Estate of Aton of the Western River. Chief vintner Nakht." Two contained traces of the expected red wine, which symbolized the blood of Osiris. But a chemical analysis done in 2006 found that five out of six other amphorae contained white wine.

We're guessing none contained white zin.

-- J. Burrell, Staff