David M. Bueker wrote:Jason Hagen wrote:David M. Bueker wrote:Now getting totally wasted is not a good idea. Just ask Noah.
Remeber Jason - there is always forgiveness.
creightond wrote:ok, lets continue with robins thread. the baptist concept of heaven? a place you can drink with your friends.
Daniel Rogov wrote:Vintners in ancient times knew as we do today that locating vineyards at higher altitudes, where there are greater temperature changes between night and day, would cause the fruit to ripen more slowly, adding to the sweetness of the fruit and its ability to produce fine wines.
creightond wrote:go ahead robin. somehow my settings got changed and i had to log in anew but couldn't remember any of the stuff; so created a new account and just did whatever was easiest. i'll surely do the same thing again sometime. sorry for the trouble.
Mark S wrote: - I doubt this is the only reason for the hillside plantings.
Daniel Rogov wrote:It was not so much hillside plantings as higher altitude plantings, those mostly on the plains that are to be found throughout the Judean Hills, the Galilee and the Golan.
Daniel Rogov wrote:And indeed not more marginal areas, as the wine industry and grapes were considered among the major agricultural endeavors of the region at that time.
Steve Slatcher wrote:I think grapes for wine were considered a high-value crop all over, but in more temperate climes they still tended to be grown in areas that are more marginal when it comes to other argicultural products. Partly because they tend to be the best places for high quality wines. Are you saying that in the Levant vineyards are more likely to be competing with other forms of agriculture? Perhaps because agriculture in general is more difficult...?
Jason Hagen wrote:Great thread. Robert, thanks for starting it and welcome to the board. I hope that when you enjoy a glass of wine, you'll post your thoughts and impressions here.
I consider myself a devout Christian and have been around this block a few times. It sounds like you are taking an extremely healthy approach.
Robin Garr wrote:The lovely parable of the wedding feast at Cana leaves little doubt of that, with the custom of holding back the cheaper stuff until the revelers were sufficiently lubricated not to notice.
Robert B wrote:Wow, thank you all for the replies!
I have always believed that wine drinking was something that was "off limits" for the Christian, however, after an in-depth study of scripture, I believe that enjoying wine is a liberty that we have, providing we use it responsibly.
I am likely going to be getting married next year, and I would love to have a glass of wine once in a while for a special dinner together as a couple, starting with our honeymoon!
Bob Henrick wrote:Robert B wrote:...I am likely going to be getting married next year, and I would love to have a glass of wine once in a while for a special dinner together as a couple, starting with our honeymoon!
Robert first welcome to the forum. Second, I am going to take exception with your characterization of having a glass once in a while with special dinners (only?). I heartily endorse the practice of a glass or three with dinner everyday!
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