This weekend, I will be attending Second Glass’ "Wine Riot" at Union Station in Chicago. According to the press release, this event will be "two parts education, one part revolution," and I am very much looking forward to "travelling from the Loire Valley in France to the depths of Germany," though I have only one goal : to find the wine Jesus put in the jars at the wedding at Cana (see John 2:6-11).
According to the Bible, Jesus' turning water into wine was his first miracle ever. Wine Riot's website insists we will be able to ask wine experts any number of questions ranging from "Do they really put raspberries in there?” to “How do you pronounce Gewürztraminer?,” but the only question I'm interested in asking is: how did Jesus do it?
The people at the wedding claimed that the wine Jesus made was "the best." The chances of my finding it at Chicago's Wine Riot are slim, as the wine at Cana was created by the son of God and I doubt anyone was smart enough to save some in a Tupperware container way back then. In any case, I'm going to spend my time at Wine Riot interrogating the "experts" in the field and looking for the wine from the wedding at Cana.
If you want to join me in this Biblical endeavor/investigation, tickets to Chicago's Wine Riot are still available online, and at the door. The event starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Union Station, and will continue tomorrow with two sessions: the first from 1-5 p.m., and the other from 7 - 11 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Here's an interesting snippet from MSNBC news about recent archaeological evidence that supports Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection - read down to the bottom of the article and you'll find a piece on the jars that housed the wine at the wedding at Cana, copied in this post:
"Jesus' first and perhaps best-known miracle, as recorded in the Gospel of John, was turning water into wine at a Jewish wedding in Cana that had run short of the celebratory drink. Archaeologists at a salvage dig in modern-day Cana found pieces of stone jars, including the one shown here, that date to the time of Jesus and appear to be the same type of jar mentioned in the water-to-wine story.
A similar find at a rival dig several miles to the north of this site, however, is leading some archaeologists to yearn for further excavations before the issue is settled. One crucial question was where exactly the biblical Cana was located."