Wine" means any liquor containing not more than 24% alcohol by volume that is produced by the fermentation of fruit or other agricultural products containing sugar or wine to which spirits have been added not to exceed 24% by volume. "Wine" includes, but is not limited to, wine coolers, table wine, still wine, sparkling wine, champagne and fortified wine, provided that the alcohol content is not above 24% by volume. [1993, c. 462, §5 (amd).]
Used as an emblem of life and spirit, as in the Mysteries, where at one stage of the initiatory rites wine and bread were offered to the candidate as symbols of spirit and body, the meaning being the same as that conveyed elsewhere by fire and water, or blood and flesh. It was necessary for the aspirant to be perfected in both ways. The rite was very early adopted from the Dionysian Mysteries by the Christian churches in the sacrament of the Eucharist where wine represents the blood of Christ, and the bread his body. Wine is also connected in the same mystical manner with the Greek god Dionysos or Bacchus, for this divinity represented the Christos or initiator, teacher, and savior of mankind; and thus wine stands for inspiration and holy enthusiasm, varying from divine inspiration and spiritual quickening all down the scale to merely phrenetic exaltation, and even when grossly degenerate, orgiastic, and drunken excitement, such as marked the degraded forms of Bacchic worship.
Wine" has the same meaning as in Title 28-A, section 2, except, that for the purposes of this chapter, "wine" does not include wine coolers. [1989, c. 585, Pt. D, §§3, 11 (new); c. 869, Pt. C, §12 (aff).]
(n.)wine"new wine in old bottles,"something new placed in or superimposed on an old or existing form, system, etc. Matt. 9:17.
The beverage portion of communion symbolizing the blood of Christ; equivalent to the grape juice used in some protestant churches. Communion wine is fermented grape juice and is therefore alcoholic. This is abridged version of a glossary written by Gerald L. Smith. Copyright 1994 Gerald L. Smith, Sewanee, Tennessee Church of the Resurrection Last updated 3 September 1999 home