Dionysus is the original party-boy. Looks like he has a conga line going on here, doesn’t it? I think he is credited with saying, “it’s fancy time”. Maybe not.
Anyway, he was the guy who was said to have brought the vine to Greece. Since it’s inception, wine has been associated with food. It has also been associated with religion in a big way. Jesus changed water in to wine (Damn, he’s good!). Dom Perignon was a monk who discovered champagne. In Egypt, Greece, Europe, Mesopotamia and most of the middle east wine and beer were viewed as a path to spirituality and a gift from the gods. In ancient Egypt there was a greeting that literally translated into ‘bread and beer’. I like this. I think I might adopt this…maybe, “Wine and cheese! Come on in” or “Hi, Honeywine, I’m home!”
From the website spirituality-and-religion.com: “Since bread and wine are traditionally bound together as symbols of life-giving nourishment from the gods, it is not surprising that in ancient Greece Demeter, the goddess of the grain, was often worshipped together with Bacchus, the god of wine. Bacchus was the child of Zeus and a human mother. He is best known to us as the personification of wine and ecstasy. The worship of Bacchus was characterized by wild dancing, music, and madcap abandon.” Bacchus also was born of a virgin, died and was resurrected. Wait, this sounds familiar…..
There are a few Wineries with tasting rooms around Olympia and surrounds. Walter Decon, Medicine Creek Winery and Madsen Family Cellars are the three most popular. But if you really want to get to know wine, go to The Wine Loft. Jim and Mary are two of the nicest people you could meet. They have wine tastings twice a month and they really know their stuff.
Then there is beer and the place to get it is The Gravity Room. This is, as far as I know, the only beer specialty shop in Olympia. They have an AMAZING selection and fun tastings. The Fishtale Brewery is located just down the street from The Gravity Room.
Medicine Creek Winery
947 Old Pacific Hwy SE
Olympia, Washington 98513
50 Southeast Skookum Inlet Road
Shelton, WA 98584
Madsen Family Cellars
1916 Allegro Drive Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501-3747
The Wine Loft
401 Columbia Street Northwest
Olympia, WA 98501-1032
Here are a few of my personal favorite wines:
Lambrusco – yes, that right. Put on some disco and pretend it’s the 1970’s
Lake Chelan Winery Cabernet and Blend
Need a little something to get you into the wine drinking mood? Three of the best wine movies made are Mondovino, Sideways and Bottle Shock. Here are a few tips for having wine with your food. Red wines go with hearty meals. Think steak, pork, lamb, tomato sauces and other red sauces. White wines go with lighter food. Think chicken, fish and many veggie dishes. The exception here is spicy. If your food is spicy look for a light, crisp or sweet and probably white wine. Rose and light reds can also work. So, Cheers! Prosit! Salud! Skoal! Mazel Tov! Bottom’s up! Go eat drink and be merry.