"Food, and perhaps even more so wine, has always been a powerful instrument of mediation between humanity and the divine. In this book Gisela Kreglinger offers a fascinating and in-depth exploration of the intricate relationship between wine and Christian spirituality. A must-read!"
Carolo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement
“This book is special and full of surprises. From a new spirituality of the earth and of our senses it leads to consciously smell and taste the divine presence in wine, guiding us from the vineyard to the labor of vintners to the wine that delights the human heart. Rich in biblical traditions and Church history it goes beyond the wine-culture into the unique spirit of wine. In vino veritas, in wine we taste the energy of the creative Spirit on this earth and the new earth. I am grateful for this beautiful book.”
Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen
"Gisela Kreglinger writes with good humor and real piety about the transformative power of good wine. This is a thoughtful, prayerful, and wide-ranging book, which reminds us on every page that spirituality and gastronomy are inextricably linked. I will not soon forget her theologically informed and deeply perceptive analysis of Babette’s Feast, by Isak Dinesen, one of my favorite texts."
Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project
"Wine as the gift of God’s love, wine as the witness to the in-breaking of God’s kingdom of life and joy, wine as the drink that draws us more closely into the fellowship of Christ, and wine-making as our participation in the care and celebration of God’s good creation—these themes, and many more besides, are lovingly developed in this beautifully conceived book. Gisela Kreglinger opens up the gift and the mystery of wine in these pages so that we can taste God’s invitation to us to share in the divine love that heals the world and the deep joy that celebrates our life together."
Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies, Duke Divinity School
Have you ever felt the least bit guilty about how much you enjoy a good bottle of wine? For some, maybe even just a little bit sinful? Come to our book signing/wine tasting with Gisela H. Kreglinger and you’ll find out that biblically, it is almost sinful to consider drinking wine a sin. Her book The Spirituality of Wine just came out and is full of head turning facts and quotations concerning God’s attitude toward wine. ... Let’s reward her with praise for her research and the resulting book.
Kermit Lynch, importer of European wines into the USA, Berkeley, CA
"I wept upon reading "The Spirituality of Wine" by Gisela Kreglinger. Our restaurant has received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for twenty years, so how is it that I had only tasted the tip of this reality, only touched the knowledge of its gifts? Profound and potent, intertwined with practical and tangible application, this book has completely astonished me. Like an exquisite wine in a bottle, I’ve been transformed from within."
Alice Canlis, Canlis Restaurant
"This is a unique book and one that Gisela Kreglinger is unusually qualified to write. Belonging to a family of vintners and growing up in a winery have given her a deep affinity with her subject. She writes about wine and the crafting of wine with loving understanding. This is, as it were, the soil in which the vines of her study of Scripture and the Christian spiritual tradition have grown and borne fruit.
I guess most readers will be surprised by the broad dimensions the subject acquires in this book. There are fresh insights into the symbolism of wine in Scripture and sacrament. But Kreglinger also argues that wine is more than a symbol of other things. It is itself a precious gift of God that can enhance our relationships with creation, each other and God himself. In Kreglinger’s hands wine becomes a key to a spirituality that rejects false dualisms of matter and spirit and inspires the healing of the earth on the way to God’s new creation of all things."
Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, The University of St. Andrews,