Here is the second in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!)
AWByte #2 – Go and Zin No More?
Although some religions (and Christian denominations as well) strictly forbid the consumption of alcohol, a search on www.bible.com returns 233 separate verses from both the Old and New Testaments of the King James Version of the Christian bible that reference wine, both positively and negatively. Most Bible scholars have heard the story of Jesus’ turning water into wine at a wedding celebration. But here are just a few of the positive mentions of our friend the fermented grape:
Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: (Genesis 27:28)
Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:(1 Samuel 10:3)
Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.(1 Chronicles 9:29)
Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. (Ezra 7:22)
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, (Esther 1:10)
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. (Psalm 104:15)
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17)
Now go and Zin some more. That’s your AWByte for this week.
~Amy Corron Power,