Is wine the most social of all foods and drinks? Humankind’s long and happy experience with the fermented juice of the grape suggests that it is.

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart,” says the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes. And don’t forget that one of the first things Noah did after the flood, was to plant a vineyard.

The 11th century Persian poet, Omar Khayyam, added a more romantic touch: “A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse, and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness–And Wilderness is Paradise now.” How many love songs and poems has a flask of wine inspired?

What is it about wine that humans, throughout our long history of struggle, triumph and tragedy, have always celebrated as the most soulful, the most endearing and loving of all beverages — perhaps even of all foods? - See more at: http://blog.kj.com/wine-inherently-social/#prclt-fAxwj1wi
What is it about wine that humans, throughout our long history of struggle, triumph and tragedy, have always celebrated as the most soulful, the most endearing and loving of all beverages — perhaps even of all foods? - See more at: http://blog.kj.com/wine-inherently-social/#prclt-fAxwj1wi

What is it about wine that humans, throughout our long history of struggle, triumph and tragedy, have always celebrated as the most soulful, the most endearing and loving of all beverages - perhaps even of all foods?

What is it about wine that humans, throughout our long history of struggle, triumph and tragedy, have always celebrated as the most soulful, the most endearing and loving of all beverages — perhaps even of all foods? - See more at: http://blog.kj.com/wine-inherently-social/#prclt-fAxwj1wi
What is it about wine that humans, throughout our long history of struggle, triumph and tragedy, have always celebrated as the most soulful, the most endearing and loving of all beverages — perhaps even of all foods? - See more at: http://blog.kj.com/wine-inherently-social/#prclt-fAxwj1wi

 

This post originally appeared on the Kendall Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens blog, and was written by Steve Heimoff. Click here to read the rest of the article.