It was a pleasure to be a guest on “daytime” Rogers 20 last Thursday, February 5th. I shared some ideas around hosting your own Valentine’s Wine & Cheese Tasting Event. If you know me well, then you know I’m usually up for a challenge. You know I enjoy exploring possibilities and I sometimes naively believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. These traits often serve me well. And I usually like to encourage others into this way of life too.
So if you’re feeling a bit nervous or overwhelmed at the thought of putting together your own Wine & Cheese Tasting Event. Please know that you CAN do it!
Believe me when I say that I am a novice when it comes to wine and cheese. It certainly was a bit of an undertaking to even scratch the surface of what goes into the process of pairing wine with cheese. There are several different Categories of Cheeses: Fresh, Bloomy Rind, Semi-Hard, Hard, Blue, and Washed Rind. There are numerous types of cheeses within those categories: Feta, Brie, Alpine Cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, Noble Blue, Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar etc. And then of course there are nuances to be found depending on the country of origin. And that’s just the cheese. Wine as you can imagine, also has many different facets to consider: Is it Red or White, medium or full-bodied? Does it have a lot of tannin? Is it aromatic, fruity, dry, robust, sweet/dessert, crisp, grassy?
I love the way wine is always described with the most beautiful words. Here’s one of my favourite examples:
“This wine is vibrant with mouth-watering black cherry, dark chocolate, and warm spice-notes wrapped in toasty vanilla.” 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Full-Bodied Red Wine from Chateau des Charmes/Niagara-on-the-Lake.) This definitely has Valentine’s Day written all over it:)
There’s another beautiful story about wine found in the Bible. In Biblical times, wine was mixed with water to purify the water and give it a sweeten pleasant taste. The ratio of water to wine depended on a few possible factors. Rabbis would not bless the wine unless it had at least 3-10 parts water. Drunkenness as one might expect is strongly opposed in Scripture. However, it is undeniable that if there was a celebration. There most certainly was wine. John 2:1-11 says,
The next day[a] there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
I love this story. I love that it’s the servants who knew where the wine came from. Not those who had the most prominent place at the table. This truth inspires me because knowing Jesus and being invited to serve alongside Him is the greatest privilege I will ever know. This story reminds me that God enjoys providing abundantly more than we could ask or even imagine. It reminds me that God loves to celebrate.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone:)
P.S. You’re invited to our Wine & Cheese Tasting Event happening at The Generous Host tomorrow night (Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th.) Visit our Upcoming Events Page for details.