Some call it the Good Book, and the Bible certainly contains some good thoughts on fermented grape juice:
• “Wine, which cheereth God and man.” — Judges 9:13
• “Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make men drunk. Wine drunk with moderation is the joy of soul and the heart.” — Ecclesiastes 31:35-36
• “Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure” — Ecclesiastes 9:10
• “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
— Proverbs, 31: 6-7
• “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
“Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake?
“I will seek it yet again.” — Proverbs 23:29-35
• “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do.” — Ecclesiastes 9:7
• “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry.” — Ecclesiastes 10:19