Sunday, February 18, 2007
(A special post for SundayScribblings )
Crush - only means one thing in Northern California
The Napa Valley - and the late summer/early fall experience of bringing the grapes in, throwing them in the various machines that separate the stems and vines from the fruit...
...and then crushing - the various sweet varietals and extracting the juice that is turned into the accoutrement to topics of conversations all over the world....a fine glass of wine.
The juice of the grape - is legendary. One of Jesus' most famous miracles was the creation of the wine. No crushing required on that one. Jesus drank the byproduct of the grape fermentation process. It makes me wonder how some of the gazillions of variations of Christianity came to outlaw it.
Jesus was obviously fine - with having a little bit of the magical elixir. He allowed one the personal freedom to make their choice around the responsible consumption of the liquid. It was man that created prohibition.
Of course - wine has much more symbolism as well but this is not a theological post.
This is about - the joy of the crush. While the crush is going on in Napa, the air of the entire valley is permeated by the sweet aroma of grapes being ground up for future imbibement.
Restaraunts - would go out of business if not for the high margins and sales of it. Look at the picture regarding a brand new upscale restaurant that has opened in my town, Crush 29 . It is devoted to the worship of the grape. Jesus would have been fine with people spending time appreciating God's creation....He just may have a bit of an issue with the DEGREE to which some do.
The Crush - it represents the end of the harvest and the beginning of the creation of something more wonderful to come and to be enjoyed...the wine.