‘Let Us Adore and Drink!’: A Brief History of Wine and Religion

Caravaggio’s 1595 masterpiece Bacchus. Wikimedia Commons Wine, more than other beverage, is intimately connected to celebration and worship. By Dr. Robert Fuller / 12.23.2014 Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Bradley University In a letter to the Abbe Morellet in 1779, Benjamin Franklin mused that the strategic location of the elbow is proof that God desires us[…]

Prehistoric Wine Discovered in Inaccessible Caves Forces a Rethink of Ancient Sicilian Culture

Deep inside Monte Kronio, hot, humid and sulfurous caves held an ancient secret. Giuseppe Savino, La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche By Dr. Davide Tanasi / 02.14.2018 Assistant Professor of History Center for Visualization and Applied Spatial Techniques (CVAST) University of South Florda Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in[…]

Vinum, Vidi, Vici

Etruscan and Massalian amphorae excavated at Lattes, France. Photo: Michael Dietler A look at wine’s integral role in culture and colonialism in ancient France. By Dr. Michael Dietler / 06.29.2015 Professor of Anthropology University of Chicago I couldn’t resist the pun. In 47 B.C. dictator Julius Caesar sent a famous communiqué to Rome summing up his latest achievement:[…]

Mistletoe and (a Large) Wine: Increasing Sizes of Wine Glasses over 300 Years

Enamelled Jacobite portrait glass. / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors probably celebrated Christmas with more modest wine consumption than we do today – if the size of their wine glasses are anything to go by. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that the capacity of wine glasses has increased[…]

A History of the Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville) Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, 2016 / Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates By Peter Blecha / 09.04.2017 Introduction Chateau Ste. Michelle is a Woodinville-based winery that is Washington’s largest fine-wine producer. The business was built upon the foundation of the state’s most successful winemaking firm, Seattle’s American Wine Growers (AWG). AWG had corporate roots dating back to[…]