As I sit and write on Friday the 13th, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the superstitions surrounding wine.
With wine-making having originated over 2,500 years ago, it is not surprising that so many of these superstitions persist; I have picked out just a few below.
In Italy, if you spill wine at the dinner table, you must dab some of the spilled wine behind each ear. This was likely passed down from the Romans, who thought that the spilling of wine was a very bad omen.
During a storm, fishermen used to pour wine into the sea to calm the waters.
In Germany, when a person dies, the wine in their cellar must be shaken as soon as possible.
During Jewish weddings, the groom stomps on a wine glass in order to bring a happy marriage.
In Varnhalt, Germany, the last grapes harvested in every season must be brought in by an ox-drawn cart, or the entire season’s harvest will turn sour.
In ancient Egypt, royals were buried with five jars of wine to bring with them into the afterlife. This was for good luck, so they could use the wine to enjoy themselves in the presence of other royals.
Far from being superstitious myself, all of this talk of wine just sets me thinking about which wines I might like for the weekend.
So unless you are completely housebound due to the fear of stepping outside your door on Friday the 13th, I think you could do a whole lot worse than getting down to your local O'Briens store and picking up a bottle or two of the delicious wines below.
Chanson Macon-Villages €12.99 down from €14.99. Founded in 1750 and now owned by Champagne House Bollinger, Chanson is ranked with the best of the Burgundy Houses. This excellent Macon is consistently good regardless of the vintage. Not too fruity, not too dry, just perfectly poised between crunchy green apple fruit and soft warm honey flavours. This is a great all-round wine that drinks well on its own but can match a wide variety of food from fresh shellfish to roast poultry.
L' Ostal Cazes Eclipse Red €11.99 down from €15.99. Produced at the Languedoc estate of JM Cazes, owner of Lynch-Bages. Even though this is largely Syrah the quarter of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc give this wine a distinctly Bordeaux accent. This is like taking what's great about St.Emilion and the best parts of the Languedoc and mixing them both together resulting in a unique, thoroughly delicious wine that certainly reflects some of the class and style of its Lynch-Bages cousin. Try it with a grilled rib-eye to see it at its best.