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How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]

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How ISIS Upended The Unspoken Rules That Governed Winemaking In Hezbollah’s Heartland

How ISIS Upended The Unspoken Rules That Governed Winemaking In Hezbollah’s Heartland

When Lebanese winemaker Serge Hochar died last year in a swimming accident, Chateau Musar, the family-owned winery that he ran for most his adult life, was operating in a surprisingly stable environment. ISIS had not yet gained access to the Bekaa Valley, the winery’s location and Lebanon’s foremost wine-producing region. Hezbollah was indeed operating in […]

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Monks Are Making A Wine So Crazy Police Are Begging Them To Stop

Monks Are Making A Wine So Crazy Police Are Begging Them To Stop

Wine has long played a role in religion. There are dozens of Judeo-Christian rituals centered around the enticing beverage. One of these rituals is Catholic Mass, which is what provided Benedictine monks with incentive to become winemakers in the first place. But they didn’t become your average humble vintners.

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