Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wine in snowstorms

People have been stocking up on the Malbec before a big snowstorm for 2,600 years. See Alcaeus, cited in Athenaeus:

338 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner Athen. x 430a–b (ii 435 Kaibel)

For this poet (Alcaeus) is found drinking in all seasons and in all circumstances: in winter in the following lines:

ὔει μὲν ὀ Ζεῦς, ἐκ δ’ ὀράνω μέγας
χείμων, πεπάγαισιν δ’ ὐδάτων ῤόαι
<              ἔνθεν                      >
<                                                          >

κάββαλλε τὸν χείμων’, ἐπὶ μὲν τίθεις
πῦρ, ἐν δὲ κέρναις οἶνον ἀφειδέως
μέλιχρον, αὐτὰρ ἀμφὶ κόρσᾳ

μόλθακον ἀμφι <βάλων> γνόφαλλον.

Zeus rains down, and from heaven a great 
storm, and the streams of water have been stopped 
<              thence                      >
<                                                          >

Overthrow the storm, setting a fire 
up, and mix the sweet wine 
unsparingly, moreover set a soft ribbon 
around your temples 

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