Best wine till last
- Dear All,
I noticed a reference in Frank McCoy's reply in the "Full to
the Brim" thread, a reference to the stewards remark during the Cana feast
that the best wine had been left until last.
I am aware this is a digression, but is it or is it not the case that
wine-making was not sufficiently refined in the first century to avoid
sediment at the bottom of the skin or other container? If so, was it the
custom to open all the skins and pour out the wine at the top first,
reserving the sediment filled lower reaches until everyone was too drunk to
notice? This would make sense of passagres in revelation about God giving
the nations the wine of his wrath and causing them to drink even the dregs -
i.e. even the stuff people would normally leave. But the wine at Cana had no
dregs in it.
Do tell me if I am being too fanciful, but I thought it worth
JOHN E STATON