By Kori ~ December 25th, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is Bible.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
The vine, including its chief product, wine, is mentioned more often in the Bible than any other plant. The Book of Genesis presents the invention of viticulture as a step in the development of civilization. â€¦. Viticulture is divinely ordained: the art of wine-making will soften the rigours of human existence in a fallen world. â€¦.
The Bible is not suitable reading for teetotalers. As the Psalmist says, â€œwine maketh glad the heart of manâ€ (Ps. 104:15).
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
I know, itâ€™s another stretch as far as a wine word goes. But I think Ms. Robinson does a nice job of pointing out the importance of wine in the Bible. And the Bible is a good place to focus our thoughts today as we celebrate Christâ€™s birth.
â€œBut the angel said to them, â€˜Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.â€™â€ (Luke 2:10-12).
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