Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.51 × 6.44 × 1.06 in
Published: November 13, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0230112439
ISBN - 13: 9780230112438
About the Book
Wine has been an essential part of Western Civilization's religious and cultural experience for millennia. Wine expert Butler teams up with biblical scholar Heskett for a remarkable journey that explores how wine has significantly influenced the evolution of human society through the lenses of historical fact and the interpretation of biblical texts about wine.
From the Publisher
Winner of the Gourmand Wine Books prize for ''Best Drinks Writing Book'' in the UK
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.
About the Author
Joel Butler is one of the first two  resident Masters of Wine (MW)® in the North America. He holds degrees in history from Stanford University and the University of Colorado, and is currently the president of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America, Ltd.  Butler has been a highly regarded wine judge for decades, most recently as a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge, and Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Butler has written on wine for  International Wine Cellar,  The Sunday Times, The Independent, The I-Wine Review and numerous other wine publications. He is an award-winning home winemaker and wine educator to trade and consumers, and has been a wine buyer for restaurants, retail, and distribution Butler lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is the co-owner of WineKnow LLC.
Dr. Randall Heskett is a biblical scholar with advance degrees in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University and the University of Toronto. He has taught at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Denver Seminary, among others. His great interest in wine also has led him to work in retail wine stores and as a wine importer. He has written several books and articles, his most recent being Reading the Book of Isaiah: Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities.
Dr. Heskett is President of Boulder University and lives  outside of Boulder, Colorado.
“Comes alive detailing the wine regions of Turkey, Jordan, Israel. It''s a fine reminder that wine has endured in [the Middle East].”— The San Francisco Chronicle “The interplay of wine with the rise of civilization and humankind’s evolving spiritual life is fascinating.”— The Toronto Star “A wonderfully researched book.”— The San Francisco Chronicle "Titillating... Surprises for wine lovers."-- The Washington Post “[The authors] meld history with exegesis to trace the origins of wine [and] skillfully enliven daily life in the distant past, whether detailing amphoras or wine gods—a worthy complement to literature on agriculture in antiquity.”— Kirkus Reviews “Fascinating…[The authors] decode hieroglyphics and biblical scholarship and explore ancient wine culture both medical and magical along with aspects directly related to trade and religion…The book’s latter half examines the current state of winemaking in those same, ancient and much-beleaguered regions today, providing tasting notes for such exotic bottlings as Turkish Fumé Blanc and Jordanian Viognier along with established producers like Lebanon’s Chateau Musar before turning to the not-entirely-ironic question: what would Jesus drink?”— Publishers Weekly "This might well be the best new wine book of the year. It is not about the ''New World'' or ''Old World'' but the ''Ancient World''. It