The Gospel According to Saint John, Chapter 2, Verses 1-11

Jesus turns water into wine in Cana – Jesus attends the Passover, cleanses the temple, foretells His death and resurrection, and performs miracles.

  1. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
  2. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
  3. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
  4. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
  5. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
  6. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
  7. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
  8. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
  9. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
  10. And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
  11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

So there you have it, in writing, and translated into nearly every known language and even those that are extinct. Over 2,000 years old, we have proof that wine existed and was considered a necessity even in ancient times.  Of course it is also known from Egyptian hieroglyphics that wine existed even thousands of years before that.  So it is safe to say that it is the world’s oldest intoxicating drink.

The only question remaining is was it the only oldest drink?  There was of course mead, made from honey, and beer, made from wheat and barely, but no matter what, wine deserves a great bit of attention.

We can document, write, report or blog literally thousands of pages or more about wine, but we are going to start slowly and build from here.

Let’s start with the varieties of grapes from which wine is produced.

  • Brunello
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Champagne
  • Chardonnay
  • Dolcetto
  • Grenache
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Pinot Noir
  • Prosecco
  • Riesling
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel



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