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Blessing of the grapes

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 at 11:48 am in Uncategorized.

It’s amazing how much wine comes up in religion. As Ecclesiastes said, "Drink your wine with a merry heart…for God has long ago approved what you do."

Last Friday, clergy from several religions came togeher to bless the local 2006 grape harvest at the Martinelli Event Center in Livermore. Yes, a rabbi, a priest and a minister walked into a winery…

Anyway, tomorrow, a similar event will take place at Viano Winery in Martinez. Contra Costa has seen a doubling of its vineyard acreage over the past decade and a more than quadrupling of the value of its wine grape crop. Those grapes frequently find themselves in Cline, Turley and Rosenblum wines. So it’s understandable that a little divine kiss from above can’t hurt those vines, and will surely keep all the powers that be — climate, soil, and a lot of juju — going strong.

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