Roman wine not to be opened before its time

Curators at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany know they have a well-aged wine, but are unwilling to crack open the bottle for a taste. The vintage in question is a 4th century wine found in a Roman grave, which has stood in the same spot in the museum for 100 years.

Scientists would love to study the wine in the glass bottle, but museum officials balk at the idea. “It’s not clear what would happen if air gets into the wine,” said Ludger Tekampe, who heads the department responsible for storing it.