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What wine would Jesus Drink?

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From B.C to modern day, have you ever wondered how wine has evolved over time? It has been argued that wine in Old Testament times may have been valued more than it is today. The Hebrew word for wine is used up to 140 times in the Old Testament alone. Think about it, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding when they ran out (a true hero may I add), the first thing Noah does after the flood is plant a vineyard, and most importantly, wine is used to symbolize Jesus’ blood during the last supper. So what did Ancient Israeli wine taste like? More of a Merlot or Chianti? A Malbec or a Pinot Noir? VinePair.com investigates:

What kind of wine were they drinking?

Wine grapes have come a long way since the days of Jesus and King David, and Israeli winemakers are determined to recreate Wines that were made during the time of Christ. After finding wine presses, paintings as well as doing some DNA testing, they successfully created “Marawi,” being the first wine made from indigenous grapes in Israeli history – probably not available at your local Kroger.

How did they make wine?

“The winemaking process began with structures built from stone in the vineyards. These were the wine presses and they contained one large, square platform that was a few feet deep. Into it, you’d dump the grapes.” – Okay, so back in the day they got their workout in while making wine? Not fair. You know what’s even worse? Women weren’t allowed to drink wine. Ancient wine would be mixed with water to make fruit juice for women and their children.

What did wine taste like?

Without filtration or the equipment we have today, wine in biblical times would most likely be a bit rough & harsh. Winemakers would add ‘must’ (added sugar) to stop fermentation and it would actually increase the alcohol levels as well as make the wine a bit sweeter. Now if wine symbolized Jesus’ blood back in the day, it would have to have been darker in color right? Since the wine was so rich and red, water was often added to dilute the flavor just enough to make it taste perfect.

What’s the closest wine we have today to ancient wine?

Red Wines – closest would probably be Tannat from Uruguay. This grape is often used in French red wines.

White Wines – Closest you’ll get would be what we call “orange wines.” Again, white wines probably did not exist back then, so a little bit closer to a mix would be more realistic. 

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