One of my favourite things in the whole world is enjoying time with friends drinking wine – maybe with some finger foods to munch on. It used to be a few years ago that I could only stand white wine, but with the edging on from my friend Justin, red is now the colour of choice. I won’t pretend to be an expert on wine-tasting. It is something I enjoy, but I can’t really pinpoint the various types of wine and all the information that goes along with it. I do know that a large glass of shiraz is absolutely outstanding while sitting on a street-side patio with close friends.
Pastor, theologian and philosopher Douglas Jones has a helpful article on wine-tasting for us amateurs. In “Enjoying Wine” from Volume 10; Issue 2 of Credenda/Agenda, Jones gives a Bible-laced introduction to wine-tasting. He explains the differenes between table wines, dessert wines and sparkling. He then outlines the use of our senses when tasting wine: sight, smell, taste and touch. It is very helpful.
Sometimes when I give a toast before the first sip I quote Psalm 104:15, “Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.” It makes for a nice reminder of the God who created wine and who allowed us the wonderful ability to taste and appreciate it.