Wine makes the heart glad...
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth, And wine which makes man's heart glad, oil to make his face shine, and bread which sustains man's heart ~ Psalm 104:14
Ten years ago, I was on a sociology conference in the town of Valtice located in the Czech Republic. Valtice is a town situated at the border area with Austria, is a place where history meets wine making traditions. The family of Lichtensteins made Valtice into their residence and by developing viticulture they determined the future position of the town.
Today vine growing, wine making and the presentation of wine are going through a Renaissance period. Vine growing areas and individual villages compete in attracting the connoisseurs and lovers of wine. Valtice is no exception and so some time ago the town accepted the title “The Capital of Wine”. Valtice accounts for the second largest area of vineyards in the Czech Republic.
On a beautiful autumn day, we tried the reds and whites, all were exquisite in taste and texture. Wine, when properly produced... naturally, in good earth by caring and qualified farmer's hands, is for me a necessary consumption in proper amounts complimenting any 'brainy gourmet' meal. There have been numerous studies confirming that wine has many health benefits. So, have a glass and be glad for it!