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Feb 18

Wine Day

Wine Cellar
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Bacchus as a Young Boy
c. 1595 by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610)
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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).