Author(s): Joel Butler
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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.
JOEL BUTLER is a Masters of Wine (1990), one of the first two Americans to have passed this examination. He has worked as a wine maker as well as a buyer for restaurants, retail and distribution. He is a renowned consultant in the field, as well as a highly regarded wine judge. Butler has writtenon wine for The Los Angeles Independent Times, The Independant (UK) and many wine publications. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA. RANDALL HESKETT is an independent biblical scholar witha PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. He has taught at University of Toronto, Queen's University, and Denver Seminary, among others. He has published several books on theological subjects including Reading the Book of Isaiah: Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.