The seductive power of wine has been known for thousands of years. Poets and philosophers of all eras have often praised it.
At a Greek symposium, wine was carefully served according to the instructions of the host. Any seduction among the participants was based on the degree of self-control the drinker displayed while under the influence of liquor. The restraint and self-control were sexy and appealing – a lesson for many of us.
– Ovid: “Wine gives courage and makes men more inclined to passion.”
– Horace: “Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul”.
– Pablo Neruda – Chilean poet, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971 – championed:
“Wine moves the spring, joy grows like a plant, walls fall like great rocks, abysses close, a song is born. O you, jug of wine, in the desert with the woman I love, said the old poet. May the jug of wine and its kiss give us the kiss of love. My beloved, suddenly your hip is the curve of a glass filled to the brim, your breasts are bunches, your hair the light of alcohol, your nipples – grapes. Your navel – a seal imprinted on the belly of the barrel, and your love – a cascade of wine, a brightness that falls on my sense, the earthy grandeur of life. But not only love, a burning kiss, a kindled heart, the wine of life – you are also community, transparency, abundant flowers.