The Science behind Wine

The Science behind Wine

Victor Hugo: God made only water but man made wine

What is so special about wine? And Why so many people like wine? In this post, I would like to share with my readers some finding I’ve discovered while researching this topic.

In the article The Origin of Wine published in Scientific American, author Brendan Borrell says that wine has been around for over 9,000 years. Basically, its roots go all the to the origin of Western Civilization if not earlier.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word wine as we know it today was originated from Latin vinum and Old Church Slavonic vino.

If you familiar with Greek Mythology, you probably heard about Dionysus. Another name he goes by is Bacchus which is derived from Roman Mythology. He is a god of wine and festivity.

Collection of quotes from famous people about wine:

Paulo Coelho: Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

Charles Baudelaire: One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

Galileo Galilei: Wine is sunlight, held together by water

Benjamin Franklin: Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.

Thomas Jefferson: By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt…

Below is very important chart that everybody would find useful at some point:
wine-and-food-pairing-chart

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St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland

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Holidays are great, especially like Maslenitsa or St. Patty’s Day.

Cleveland loves St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The parade’s kick-off is scheduled for 1:04 pm. I found the map of the parade on Plain Dealer’s website, so if you are in Downtown Cleveland, make sure to watch the parade. It should be awesome.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and drink responsibly!

Maslenitsa

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Maslenitsa in 1878

If, by any chance, you were wondering what is Maslenitsa, I can tell you that it’s a holiday when people enjoy a lot of rich fatty foods. Guess what the main dish is? It’s a crepe. Big, round, thin, buttery, sweet or salty crepe.

Here is few facts about this holiday:

  • Maslenitsa is a Slavic holiday that people in Ukraine really enjoy, for not only for its delicious foods, but also because it commemorates the begging of Great Fast which goes all the way till Easter.
  • Maslenitsa is somewhat similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. They both relate to the beginning of Great Fast, and involve consumption of rich fatty food. Yay.
  • Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of cold snowy winter and beginning of warm spring.
    • Maslenitsa has its roots in pagan traditions but was accepted by Orthodox ancestors as a way of saying Good-Bye to cold winter.
    • Some of the festivities are accompanied by the burning of a straw ladylike figure ‘winter’
  • Maslenitsa involves not only eating food, but also dancing, singing, and festival activities. But, honestly, it’s mostly about eating a lot of foods as crepes or varenuki bathing in the butter and sugar.
My younger sibling is ready eating crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

My younger sibling is ready to eat a bunch of crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

Russian Maslenitsa 2011

more  crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies :)

more crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies 🙂