One of the most famous wine-lovers, Benjamin Franklin*, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, and its first Ambassador to France, has said: “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” 🙂
To the left, a convivial table between friends :)! In my experience and opinion, deep friendships develop around a table like this…with wine, and foods that complement wine, as the main focus! After all, you wouldn’t waste so much time, effort and energy with someone you had nothing in common with, or didn’t like at some level. With the latter, sharing a coffee is enough — a wine-mate and a coffee-mate are two different animals 😉 — hmmm…and that’s food for thought! Anyone we’ve shared a good bottle, or bottles, of wine with, becomes a part of our history, and thus, always has a place in our life, and our heart ;)! Conversely, not sharing time over a bottle, makes it that much harder to cultivate a friendship!
Another, seemingly astonishing, quote is from the Talmud: “Wine is at the head of all medicines: where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.” WOW – I love it!
I’ll close this post with a quote from American country and bluegrass performer, Kathy Mattea: “A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow”…and there are many of us who share this view! 😉
*Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, was a polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”). A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, or simply speaking, someone who is very knowledgeable. The term Renaissance man/woman may also be used to describe a person who is well educated, or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields.