Pinot Noir, Easter & the Unforced Rhythms of Grace!

I recently was asked, “What wine would go well with lamb or ham for the holiday of Easter?" 

I replied, that Pinot Noir would work well as it is tremendously versatile and very food friendly!

The question about what type of wine to serve for Easter got me thinking.

I recently came across an article entitled, “My Brother and the Kosher Wine Bottle.”

The article was written by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. Among other things, Rabbi Cardozo writes: 

“ is a sacred drink that needs to be sanctified by the beliefs of different religious communities."

Rabbi Cardozo went on to write:

"I would even suggest that each monotheistic religion produce its own wine, since it is not the fluid itself that is sacred but the winemaker’s intentions that have suffused the wine...” 

What the good Rabbi says about kosher wine, got me doing some soul searching. 

I think there is something to be said about how "magical" moments can happen - especially when one has a cognitive awareness of drinking a particular wine that has been made with certain sentimental intentions.

This seems to especially happen with wine that is designed to celebrate lives, enhance relationships and make the world a better place.

In the Jewish tradition this is done through a process of tikkun atzmi (inner self-improvment) and tikkun ha-olam (preservation and enlightened stewardship of the environment and the world).

I believe that thinking about the history of a particular varietal, or reflecting on the intentions of how a wine was made, can also stimulate joyful memories in a beneficial way.

Getting in touch with those memories can bring about positive feelings that can enhance joy and diminish sorrow.

Speaking of the romance of memories, many scholars suspect that the Pinot Noir grape has ancient origins. 

While exact understanding of Pinot's origins is in dispute, we do know for sure that Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153 A.D.) popularized the propagation of Pinot Noir in 11th century Burgundy France. 

The story goes that as the Islamic Ottomans advanced in the Mediterranean, the supply of wines from Palestine dried out.

So, the Pope wrote a letter to Bernard of Clairvaux asking him to plant vineyards in further up north in Europe. 

This same Bernard of Clairvaux, who promoted the planting of Pinot Noir, was known for keeping faith even in the most difficult of times. 

As a mystic of sorts Bernard believed in the importance of living a flourishing life by resting in the unforced rhythm of grace and love.

For example, Bernard wrote: 

“Love is the fountain of life, and the soul which does not drink from it cannot be called alive.” 

It is good to know what type of wine goes with certain type of food. However, an even more important question is, “What type of wine can go well with love and grace?”

My answer is, “Kinship Pinot Noir!”

Try it and experience the feeling of love bubble up within you as you take time to savor it. Let that feeling touch your soul and energize you to connect with others.

Than end the day by thinking about how you can make the world a better place through your creativity and gifts!



Jess Knauft 


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