Divine Vintage

Divine Vintage : Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age

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From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of the Jewish and Christian religious experience for millennia. These early traditions continue to influence today's robust wine connoisseurs offering a fascinating history and an assortment of varieties to discover. Here, wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that explores the drinking habits of biblical figures 3,500 to 2,000 years ago. Along the way, they discover the truth behind how wine infiltrated the biblical world and astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including: * why the Fertile Crescent was the birthplace of wine * how the expansion of the Roman Empire resulted in the first wine connoisseurs * the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods * how wine came to be used in sacrifices and other rites * why Jesus's first miracle was turning water into wine Divine Vintage also takes a close look at wines made with ancient techniques, and guides readers on how they too can experience these ancient wines today.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0230112439
  • 9780230112438
  • 463,134

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Comes alive detailing the wine regions of Turkey, Jordan, Israel. It's a fine reminder that wine has endured in [the Middle East]. "The San Francisco Chronicle" The interplay of wine with the rise of civilization and humankind's evolving spiritual life is fascinating. "The Toronto Star" A wonderfully researched book. "The San Francisco Chronicle" Titillating... Surprises for wine lovers. "The Washington Post" [The authors] meld history with exegesis to trace the origins of wine [and] skillfully enliven daily life in the distant past, whether detailing amphoras or wine gods--a worthy complement to literature on agriculture in antiquity. "Kirkus Reviews" Fascinating [The authors] decode hieroglyphics and biblical scholarship and explore ancient wine culture both medical and magical along with aspects directly related to trade and religion The book's latter half examines the current state of winemaking in those same, ancient and much-beleaguered regions today, providing tasting notes for such exotic bottlings as Turkish Fume Blanc and Jordanian Viognier along with established producers like Lebanon's Chateau Musar before turning to the not-entirely-ironic question: what would Jesus drink? "Publishers Weekly" This might well be the best new wine book of the year. It is not about the 'New World' or 'Old World' but the 'Ancient World'. It delves into the area where wine culture was born and examines the recent quality revival in the historic but newly dynamic wine region of the Eastern Mediterranean. Thoroughly recommended. "Adam Montefiore, contributor to The Jerusalem Post and Wine Development Director for Carmel Winery" If the Bible is the greatest story ever told, then "Divine Vintage "may be the greatest wine story ever told. It's absolutely brimful of incredible stories and biblical connections. "Doug Frost, master sommelier, master of wine, and author of On Wine" Have you ever wondered why wine is so central to our western religions and culture? Why Noah is portrayed as the first "vigneron"?' Why Jesus' first miracle was to convert water into a fine wine? Beyond delving into the literary and archaeological record, this book entices us to re-examine our heritage with a modern liquid time-capsule in hand. These are wines still made from ancient cultivars according to ancient methods in the countries where viniculture began. "Patrick McGovern, author of Ancient Wine and Uncorking the Past" Butler and Heskett have not only provided solid scholarship in this fresh approach to the Bible, but they exhibit a level of a wine knowledge far surpassing that of biblical experts. "Divine Vintage" illuminates the social and spiritual roles of one of the world's oldest beverages in a way that will captivate both scholars and laypersons. "Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam and Inspiration and Incarnation" "Divine Vintage" is a one-of-a-kind wine book. It offers not only a fascinating account of wine's origins but also a truly authoritative guide to today's wines that are made in the ancient lands where wine was born. "Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, co-author of Wine for Dummies" Randall Heskett and Joel Butler give a new flavor to reading the Bible, as well as intriguing commentary on the role of wine in social, economic, family, and spiritual life. Full to the brim with fascinating details that will captivate even the most educated oenophile, and all made spicy with wit and fun. Questions like "which wines would Jesus drink?" keep this book from ever becoming dry. "L. Ann Jervis, professor of New Testament, Wycliffe College""show more

About Joel Butler

Joel Butler is only the second resident Master of Wine in the US. He is currently the president of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America, Ltd., and has been a highly regarded wine judge for decades, most recently as a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge, and Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Butlerhas writtenon wine for The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times, The Independentand numerous wine publications. He has worked as a wine maker as well as a buyer for restaurants, retail, and distribution. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Randall Heskett is an independent biblical scholar witha Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.He has taught at the University of Toronto, Queen's University, and Denver Seminary, among others. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.show more