Wine is one of the most praised beverages on the planet. Historians believe that the first wine produced on Earth occurred approximately 60 million years ago. A carbon dating sample showed that traces of wine in Rhone had been as early as 5400 BCE. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wine was a typical drink.
Reports have shown several vineyards in the neighboring towns of Jerusalem—a city only 10 km away from Bethlehem. There has long been a strong linkage between Jesus and wine, and today, we dive into the aspects of his life that involved wine.
The miracle at Cana
One of the first miracles reported in the Gospel is the miracle of the wine at Cana. In the early stages of his life, Jesus showed several signs of divinity, earning him disciples in various regions of the country. According to reports, a disciple once invited Jesus and his mother for marriage in Cana—a small green area in Galilee.
During their visit, the wine store at the wedding fell short while the guests were still enjoying the meal. Jesus’s mother noted the problem and reported it to her son. According to the Gospel, Jesus turned water into wine to suffice the needs of all people present.
How did the wine taste?
Many people are interested in knowing how the wine in Cana would have tasted. Indeed, researchers have tried finding hits to uncover this mystery. It is believed that the wine wasn’t a typical red wine. Although it looked similar, the taste was different and supposedly more heavenly.
Some historians also claim that the wine wasn’t typical for wine of the time but had a smooth, even texture that made it unique. In early Israel history, grapes weren’t fermented in closed rooms for long periods. Instead, they were exposed to sunlight to quicken the process. The produced wine had a harsh texture and an unsmooth taste.
The Passover meal
In the regions of Israel, wine was a celebrated drink and was used at festivals and events; it is 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 drink four of them, while the remaining one is left for the prophet to drink if he comes. 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 triumphant entry into Jerusalem and before his crucifixion. According to Corinthians scripture, Jesus’s last meal was bread with wine. It is stated 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. He also predicted that one of his apostles would betray him during this meeting.
It is hard to know for sure what the wine was like during that time and whether it was similar to what we drink today. The discovery of ancient practices tells us that the drink might have looked similar in appearance but would have had a different taste to the present-day wines. It wasn’t until later that those areas around Jerusalem started producing wine using aging grapes and an organized fermentation process. Today, Israel has a healthy consumption of multiple wines, especially red. See more resources here
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