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"Let dullards drink the Nymph's pale brew,
The sluggish thin their blood with dew.
For such pale stuff we have no use;
For us the purple grape's rich juice.
Begone, ye chilling water sprite;
Here burning Bacchus rules tonight!”
~ Catullus (84-54 BCE) Translated into English verse
Are you a devotee of the grape? Do you have strong opinions on wine and other wine drinkers? Well, a recent survey in the US found the following strange correlations: Red wine drinkers tend to be early birds versus the white wine drinking night owls. Red wine drinkers are more inclined towards dogs, while cat lovers appear to prefer white wine. Reds are introverts; whites are extroverts. And red wine drinkers lean towards jazz music while white wine drinkers were more likely to listen to punk music (editor's note: ??!?). Plus, red drinkers were more likely to be Game of Thrones fans. Overall, red wine drinkers were more likely to identify as “adventurous, humble, and organized” and white wine lovers identified as “curious, sarcastic, and perfectionists.” Well, there it is then. Whatever you choose to stock in your own wine cellar, Cheers! 🍇🍷
c. 1595 by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610)
Today is Drink Wine Day, for reds, whites, rosés ... whatever your favourite!
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by a special merlot and evokes the colors of red wine being aged in toasted oak barrels.
The oldest-known winery was discovered in a cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups. Domesticated grapes were abundant in the Near East from the beginning of the early Bronze Age, starting in 3200 BC.
Dionysus, or Bacchus to the Romans, is the god of merry making, wine, theatre and ecstasy. From his name, we have the word bacchanalia, meaning drunken revelry.
Whether you consider yourself a enthusiast, an oenophile, an anti wine snob, or just enjoy a glass of fine wine, you may enjoy an article about hidden influences in wine tasting, and in particular, a study from the University in Edinburgh which found that different music could boost tasters’ wine scores by 60%. Researchers discovered that a blast of Jimi Hendrix music enhanced cabernet sauvignon, while Kylie Minogue went well with chardonnay.
To read more, click the painting of Bacchus as a young boy by Caravaggio (1571-1610).