Wine in literature

by Alberto Martínez

No doubt wine is the favorite of all drinks for the world literature, its best exponents of Occident and Orient have never ignored it for better or for worse.

The Bible and Wine

The first mentions of the poetically called “tears of the vine” can be found in the most printed book and perhaps read of the history of mankind, the Bible. Perhaps the most famous of the appearances of wine in the sacred text, is the miraculous conversion of water into wine by Jesus of a wedding in Cana at Galilee. The wine makes countless appearances in the Bible, including Old and New Testament, so one could say that this drink is the most named after water.

“Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.”(Paragraph John 2:6-11 the Bible)

Shakespeare and wine

Not all poets, dramaturges and writers have treated wine with finesse and deep devotion. The most famous is the “immortal bard” by William Shakespeare, who named the wine with not very kind words and blamed it for degrade human traits. Although his aversion to wine is not entirely proven, we can recall some of his work where he speaks about the enmity of Shakespeare and wine.

“Why do you associate with that trunk of bodily fluids, that sifting bin of beastliness, that swollen sack of disease, that huge jug of wine” … (Paragraph of Henry IV, William Shakespeare)

More wine in literature

All of us who read Cervantes, know about the love for wine of the Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote and his faithful Sancho Panza. We also remember the nights of gathering drowned in wine by Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the Three Musketeers of Alexander Dumas. We may never end, to quote the time that wine was remembered with love, devotion or mischievous admiration in world literature.

Nowadays, although literature is not going through a happy time due to the flood of technology and globalization, wine drinking is still king for all poets and writers, who see in this elixir of the vines as the best partner in a glass .

“ Day-colored wine, night-colored wine, wine with purple feet or wine with topaz blood,
wine, starry child of earth, wine, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet,… “(Pablo Neruda’s Ode to Wine ).

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