Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
A wine maker friend texted me today and randomly asked me “What’s your wine of choice for Easter dinner?”. I didn’t really have an answer, but soon learned that, apparently Grenache goes well with Easter ham…as long as it’s not too full-bodied (the wine, not the ham).
His question made me think about this holiday and why many of us celebrate it. It made me think of Jesus, and his miracles with wine. I spent a lot of time in my 20’s studying the Bible, and consider myself a person of faith. The life of Jesus is fascinating; even though he was Divine, he understood what we humans wanted so badly. The first miracle he did, that we know of, involved wine. You can read about it in the book of John:
John 2:1-11 states that while Jesus was attending a wedding in Cana with his disciples the party ran out of wine. Jesus' mother (unnamed in John's Gospel) told Jesus, "They have no wine," and Jesus replied, " Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come." His mother then said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you. Jesus ordered the servants to fill containers with water and to draw out some and take it to the chief steward waiter. After tasting it, and not knowing where it came from, the steward congratulated the bridegroom on departing from the custom of serving the best wine first by serving it last.
To save the dignity of his hosts at the wedding, Jesus made wine for the party when they ran out. And he didn’t pull out the 2 Buck Chuck. Instead, he whipped up cask after cask of Caymus, Jordan, Joseph Phelps, Cakebread Cab. He knew those party guests. He knew as humans we long for more that what we settle for. Often he gives it to us. Sometimes he doesn’t, but always he has our best in mind. That, my friends, is the God I know, and love.
Happy Easter…and thanks for following the VinoGals!
PS: A tip from my winemaker friend…next year, when you are out shopping for Easter dinner, plan ahead and pick up a Grenache. One I can recommend, from a trusted source, is Qupe’s 2008 Edna Valley Grenache from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyards. Enjoy!