Joel Butler is one of the first two resident Masters of Wine (MW)® in the North America. He holds degrees in history from Stanford University and the University of Colorado, and is currently the president of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America, Ltd. Butler has been a highly regarded wine judge for decades, most recently as a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge, and Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Butler has written on wine forInternational Wine Cellar, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The I-Wine Review and numerous other wine publications. He is an award-winning home winemaker and wine educator to trade and consumers, and has been a wine buyer for restaurants, retail, and distribution Butler lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is the co-owner of WineKnow LLC.
From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of Western Civilization’s religious and cultural experience for millennia. In Divine Vintage, wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical scholar Randall Heskett for a remarkable journey that explores how wine has significantly influenced the evolution of human society through the lenses of historical fact and the interpretation of Biblical texts about wine. Along the way, they discover the truth behind how wine infiltrated the biblical world and facts that any wine lover, history buff or spiritually inclined person will find intriguing, including:
* why Jesus's first miracle was turning water into wine;
* why the Fertile Crescent region was the birthplace of wine;
* the amazing varieties of wines drunk millennia ago in the biblical lands;
* how the expansion of the Roman Empire resulted in the first wine connoisseurs;
* how wine gods became extremely popular and important throughout the biblical lands, their influence extending into the Modern Era at sacrifices and other rites.
* A pioneering look at the modern wine renaissance in the Biblical lands
Divine Vintage also takes a close look at wines made with ancient techniques, and guides readers on how they too can experience “ancient wines” today.