Wine is one of the most praised beverages globally. Some historians believe that the first wine was produced on Earth approximately 60 million years ago. The carbon dating of an ancient wine sample showed that traces of this beverage in the French region of Rhône had been as old as 5400 BCE.
Wine is also frequently mentioned in the bible. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wine was a frequently consumed beverage in the region. Some research studies have demonstrated that several vineyards were present in the neighboring towns of Jerusalem — a city only 10 km away from Bethlehem. As we know today, Jesus had a strong association with wine. Today, we will talk about some exciting aspects of his life that involved wine.
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The Miracle at Cana
One of the earliest miracles reported in the bible is turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana. In the early years of his life, Jesus showed several signs of divinity, earning him followers in various country regions. According to reports, a disciple once invited Jesus and his mother for his wedding in Cana – a small green area in Galilee. Unfortunately, the wine store at the wedding fell short while the guests were still savoring their meals. According to the Bible, Jesus turned water into wine to meet the needs of all guests present at the wedding ceremony. It was one of his first widely recorded signs of divinity in the Gospel.
What Did the Wine Taste like?
Many people are interested in knowing what the wine tasted like in Cana. Indeed, some historians and researchers have tried finding the slightest hints to assess the wine’s type at the miracle of Cana. It is believed that the wine was not a typical red wine.
According to many accounts, although it looked similar, the taste was quite different and heavenly. Moreover, some historians also claim that the wine was not usual for the drinkers. It had a smooth and uniform texture that made it unique for drinkers of the time.
In early Israel history, grapes were not fermented in closed rooms for long periods. Instead, they were exposed to sunlight to accelerate the fermentation process. Consequently, the produced wine was characterized by a harsh texture and bitter taste.
The Passover Meal
In the regions of Israel, wine was a celebrated drink and was consumed at important festivals and events. For instance, it is still a Jewish tradition to drink four glasses of wine at a Passover meal. Each adult is presented with five glasses of wine, and they are supposed to imbibe only four of them, while the remaining one is left for the prophet to drink if he visits their home. The tradition is celebrated to mark the end of Egyptian rule and liberation from slavery for the Jewish people.
Several reports claim that Jesus had his last meal in the Passover week after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which occurred a few days before his crucifixion. According to Corinthians, Jesus’s last meal was bread with wine. It is believed that he drank the wine and distributed half of the bread amongst his apostles. He presented the bread describing it as a part of his body that would stay with them. During the last meal, he also predicted that one of his apostles would betray him.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Due to limited information, it is hard to ascertain the type of wines available during the times of Jesus. Moreover, it is also tough to know whether the wines were similar to what we drink today. The analysis of their practices and several accounts shows that the wine might have looked similar in appearance but would have had a different taste.
It was not until the 1100s that regions around Jerusalem started producing wine by using the method of aging grapes and organizing the fermentation process. Today, Israel has a healthy consumption of multiple wines, especially red wine.
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