Authors: Joel Butler, Randall Heskett
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year it was published: 2012
Winner of the Gourmand Wine Books prize for 'Best Drinks Writing Book' in the UK
A fascinating journey through ancient wine country that reveals the drinking habits of early Christians, from Abraham to Jesus.
Wine connoisseur Joel Butler teamed up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that travels the biblical wine trail in order to understand what kinds of wines people were drinking 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. Along the way, they discover the origins of wine, unpack the myth of Shiraz, and learn the secrets of how wine infiltrated the biblical world. This fascinating narrative is full of astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods, the emergence of kosher wine, as well as the use of wine in sacrifices and other rites. It will also take a close a look at contemporary modern wines made with ancient techniques, and guide the reader to experience the wines Noah (the first wine maker!) Abraham, Moses and Jesus drank.
First of all, love the cover, the font and the pictures of grapes throughout the pages. Unfortunately, judging from first chapter alone, the history isn't alive nor well-written and it may sound odd, but I didn't appreciate the bible stories and how repetitious they were throughout the first chapter, and how some things such as a hypothesis is considered evidence to make something plausible? Perhaps more of a background on the monkey study would have convinced me of how truthful it is.
I don't think I'll continue to read this book.
This is a Firstreads Goodreads Win
2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)