Today’s Cruise Cancellation Giveaway post is on wine. Actually, this is also on the BWL Authors’ BlogSpot today, as my “spot” is the 24th of each month: http://www.bookswelove.com/bwl-authors-blogspot/
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CHEERS! A LITTLE TASTE OF WINE’S HISTORY by S. L. Carlson
(Disclaimer: Too much of any good thing is always bad. Drink responsibly.)
Customs with wine-making and wine-drinking varies with cultures and times.
Here are a few interesting historical wine facts:
* Greek grape stompers were usually slaves, who crushed the fruit to live music
* Ancient wine was used as both beverage and medicine
* Alcohol is mentioned 165 times in the Bible, usually favorably
* Wine was often mixed with water, 1:3
* Additives were common, like cinnamon, violets, larkspur, parched bread, etc.
* Parched bread = toast (Cheers!)
* Cheers came from the Latin for face, but later came to mean gladness
* Before cork was so available, pitch, oil, or clay was used to seal the wine
* The host poured off the first of the wine to taste to make sure no clay or oil lingered
* By drinking first, the host also assured his friends it was safe for them to drink
* Romans sometimes sweetened old wine with sugar of lead (lead acetate), and after simmering in a lead pot, it was served in lead goblets
* During medieval times, people were afraid the devil would enter them through drink, so they clinked their wooden or clay goblets together to scare off evil. Other earlier cultures, also made noises before drinking to scare off ghosts or demons
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