Swedish diver finds world’s oldest champagne

Swedish and Finnish media reported that a Swedish diver may have found the world’s oldest drinkable sparkling wine when he recovered several bottles amid wreckage... More Below... Posted by on Jul 17th, 2010 and filed under Food.

Swedish and Finnish media reported that a Swedish diver may have found the world’s oldest drinkable sparkling wine when he recovered several bottles amid wreckage of a 230-year-old ship in the Baltic Sea.

Fishermen of Finland’s Aland archipelago told Christian Ekstrom of the sunken ship several years ago, but the diver thought the vessel was too small and did not worth the risk of a 55-meter dive. Later, however, he became interested in the ship later and made a dive earlier this week.

He told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, “We could not identify the ship. The reason why I picked up a bottle was because we could establish the period for which bottles of that kind are typical. My friend looked through a list of bottles at home, and we could quickly establish that it was from the 1780s.”

The only way to find out whether the champagne was drinkable or not was simply to try it, said Ekstrom.

(Thanks to RIA Novosti and Jon Sullivan)