Drink, learn, read the Bible and pay to the Church: why ‘The vine and its branches’ is talked about

A cycle of appointments that brings together passages from the Gospels and psalms with Pinot, Champagne and Barolo. For a fee. There are those who get excited and those who have doubts

The chalice is 'take it and drink it all': until now it was understood differently (Shutterstock)

The chalice and “take and drink all of it”: until now it was understood differently (Shutterstock)

When he passed the bread and wine that symbolized his body and blood at the last supper, Jesus Christ did not charge for libations. That is perhaps why The vine the branchesthe Biblical-wine knowledge course organized by the Roman Diocese, it gets people talking with observations of a different nature. Be that as it may, it’s October and we’re off. What does this unique journey consist of? In 150 euro registration feewhich gives access to “A journey, among aromas and flavours, anecdotes and curiosities, over four eveningsin the Trieste district” of the capital from 6 October to 3 November. Scope? Rediscover spirituality by analyzing the episodes of the Bible in which wine is the protagonist, and also the symbolism of the vine from which the branches are generated, in fact.

From the wedding at Cana to Barolo. With some doubts

Is the relationship between wine and spirituality so fundamental in the Bible? The scriptures are concentrated in the put the believer especially on guard against the effects of “mocking wine” (Proverbs 20:1). Another criticism from those who have seen the program in detail: the story of the water changed into excellent wine by Jesus Christ during the wedding at Cana is fine, but they include Barolo, Pinot Noir and Moscato d’Asti? And how can they be linked to religious teachings and biblical passages? The link, as will be seen shortly, is very free.

Champagne, Moscato, excerpts from the Psalms and the Gospel

Taking a detailed look at the programme: on 6 October we start from the writing of Isaiah chapter 25, verses 6 to 9 where “The Lord prepares a banquet of fat foods” and we arrive at the Abbey of Cluny with its fine wine production and consequent tasting. Then from the Song of Songs of King Solomon we arrive at the glasses of Saperavi and Pinot Noir. In subsequent appointments: the words of Christ in John 15:1-8 where he establishes the link with his followers with the mention of the vine from which the branches come, he lands in a more acrobatic way on tasting the Barolo. So it starts again from Psalm 79 with the quote of the “Vineyard of the Lord is his people” and it speaks of the wine as it is represented in the history of art, all punctuated by chalices of Grechetto and Casanese. Final appointment with the arrival of the wine produced by Christ at wedding at Cana (described in chapter 2 of the Gospel of John) from which, recalled the miracle of Jesus, we move on to Champagne and Moscato d’Asti. Allowed to begin with 50 participants. All in the San Saturnino parish in via Avigliana. Drink, learn, read the Bible and pay to the Church. “The route – reads the program – makes the new evangelization its strong point” and is guided by the sommelier theologian Marco Cum. There are those who raise a skeptical eyebrow and talk about purely commercial operationand those who answer that the Church has internally about wine, winemaking and its mystical sides, skills that can become shared culture. When in doubt: cheers.

Drink, learn, read the Bible and pay to the Church: why ‘The vine and its branches’ is talked about