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“The History and Mystery of Wine,” by Professor Elliot Engel

when: Feb. 28, 2020

Event: Joel Lane Museum House presents: “The History and Mystery of Wine,” a talk by Elliot Engel . Proceeds to benefit the Joel Lane Museum House

Time: Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00 pm; Cocktail Hour with cash-only cash bar (including wine, of course!) begins at 6:00.

Location: NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

Admission: $37 Buy Tickets Please contact the Joel Lane Museum House with the names of those who will attend. Name tags will serve as tickets.

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Elliot Engel will speak on “The History and Mystery of Wine” on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 7 pm at the NC State University Club.

Dr. Engel traces the fascinating ancient origins of wine and continues the story through the wide and wild popularity of wine today. Special attention is given to the competing drinks which almost destroyed wine’s popularity in the 17th-century and to the unexpected consequences of the Muslim prohibition of all spirits beginning in 700 A.D. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life the intoxicating journey of wine from the Ancient Egyptians through the invention of champagne, and even explores America’s small but growing influence on recent wine culture.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Elliot Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years. In 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England for his academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens.

In “The History and Mystery of Wine,” Dr. Engel will examine:

  • the six words that define wine
  • interesting ways that wine has been described
  • where wine originated
  • how to drink wine
  • wine makes ____ taste better
  • the surprising way that Egyptians drank wine
  • the funny way that Egyptians classified wine
  • why wine is associated with the rich
  • wine’s connection to symposiums
  • how wine grew and shrank in popularity
  • when wine almost went away
  • medical use of wine
  • why there are 6 glasses of wine in every bottle

  • the 4 competitors to wine

    This is JLMH’s ninth year hosting one of Professor Engel’s fascinating talks. We hope you will join us!

    Tickets available at, by phone (1% convenience fee applies), or at the Joel Lane Museum House.

“The History and Mystery of Wine,” by Professor Elliot Engel
“The History and Mystery of Wine,” by Professor Elliot Engel
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What visitors say

Than you so much for the exciting presentation. The students really enjoyed all the props you brought in. I hope to have you both come back next year and show my new group of students everything you shared today!