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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Pray for Zinfandel

Pray for Zinfandel

Pray for Zinfandel!

Or, as Benjamin Franklin wrote to his friend, André Morellet, a 18th-century French economist, philosopher and theologian:
On parle de la conversion de l’eau en vin, à la nôce de Cana, comme d’un miracle. Mais cette conversion est faite tous les jours par la bonté de Dieu, sous nos yeux. Voilà l’eau qui tombe des cieux sur nos vignobles, et alors elle entre dans les racines des vignes pour-être changée en vin. Preuve constante que Dieu nous aime, et qu’il aime à nous voir heureux.

Translated into English, this reads:
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!

Sorry, cerevisaphile. Contrary to your myth, Mr. Franklin did NOT write, "Beer is proof that God loves us." But we can forgive him his trespass.

As to the photo itself: residents of the Oakhurst neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, have installed various whimsical found-art sculptures in their front yards and on the median of their street. I snapped the photo on 19 September 2018.

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  • The viral spread of the made-up quote of Franklin about beer is hard to stop. In 2012, Anchor Brewing's resident historian busted the myth. Relying on work by historian Bob Skilnik, I attempted to do so in 2008. Others, earlier.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 38 of 52, for year 2019. See it on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
    • Lens: Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4 FD.
    • Settings: 50 mm | 1/100 | ISO 200 | f/4.0
    • Peripheral: Fotodiox adaptor
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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