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Pope Francis: A Wedding Without Wine Is 'an Embarrassment'

Plus, Tituss introduces new rosé and holds an Orlando tragedy fund-raiser, wine education comes to Italy's primary schools, and a bottle-popping golf trick shot you've got to see to believe
Pope Francis warns the faithful against running out of wedding wine.
Photo by: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images
Pope Francis warns the faithful against running out of wedding wine.

Posted: June 16, 2016

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We already know that Vatican City consumes more wine per-capita than any other country in the world, so we weren’t surprised to learn that the pope is encouraging all of us to include a healthy dose of wine in our own lives. Further confirming the widespread suspicion that he’s a pretty cool guy, Pope Francis gave a public benediction of sorts to wine drinking at wedding celebrations during the June 8 installment of his weekly public address in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, stating that “wine expresses the abundance of the banquet and the joy of the feast.” He didn’t advocate a modest one-glass-per-person situation, either; he made it clear that any decent wedding will include wine that lasts, at a minimum, all reception long. “Imagine finishing the wedding feast drinking tea,” he scoffed. “It would be an embarrassment!"

Speaking to a crowd of thousands, His Holiness (who made a point of sampling some U.S. wines during his recent papal visit) expounded on a topic he’s touched on in past homilies: the Marriage at Cana, the Bible passage in which Jesus, attending a wedding with his mother, Mary, turns water into wine after the regular wine has run out. In his address, the pope connected this story to the idea that big moments such as weddings demand a party befitting the occasion. “How is it possible to celebrate the wedding and have a party if you lack what the prophets indicated was a typical element of the messianic banquet?” he asked, going on to note that while water is vital to life, “Wine is necessary for the feast.” Amen.


Teach the Children Wine

And the pope isn't the only authority figure who thinks wine should be an important part of our lives. The Italian government may soon back him up. Sen. Dario Stefàno, who sits on the national agricultural commission, has drafted and proposed a bill that would teach the history and culture of Italian wine to primary-school children throughout the country, ages six to 13. Tastings, however, will not be part of the curriculum.

“We have more vines than churches” said Riccardo Cotarella of the Enology Association of Italy in a statement released via Sen. Stefàno’s website, “teaching wine in schools also means teaching the value of drinking with intelligence and moderation.”

Paolo Castelleti of the Italian Wine Union also praised the bill. “[It] has double value: There is the promotion of social and historical heritage, but this bill can also combat the problems as reported by the Ministry of Health of underage drinking.” The program, which would entail one hour of wine education per week, is called “History and the Civilization of Wine,” and focuses on history, how wine is made, and how it fits into society today.


Tituss Introduces New Rosé, Supports Orlando Shooting Victims

After Emmy-nominated Tituss Burgess’ music video for “Peeno Noir” went viral, he released his own Santa Barbara County Pinot. Now the actor is releasing two more wines at the upcoming Taste of Tituss Pride celebration in a show of support for the LGBT community and NYC Pride Month. Burgess is donating all funds from the three-day event to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and Equality Florida to support the victims of last weekend's tragic Orlando nightclub shooting and their families. "Pride month is nothing more than a family reunion for me," Burgess told Unfiltered. "The GLAAD mission is in direct alignment politically and socially with what I stand for. When it came time to launch phase two of my wine, it was a no-brainer to partner with them."

The two wines, a 2015 Pride Rosé (on trend!) and a 2014 Pride Pinot Noir, sport bright rainbow-colored labels and are priced at $18. As with Burgess' first wine, Anthony Allport, owner of Fine Wine Agency, is the supporting wine partner. The launch begins tomorrow and continues Saturday, June 18, and Monday, June 20, with a celebratory dinner, barbecue and DJ at Out Hotel and 42West nightclub in New York. Burgess will be joined by Australian singer and TV personality Courtney Act at the performances.


Chip-Shot Bottle Pop

We still aren't sure if this golf trick shot is real or not, so we'll let our readers judge for themselves. Witness here the chip-shot bottle-popping skills of amateur golf enthusiast and trick-shot extraordinaire Joshua Kelley, aka @holein1trickshots on Instagram. Kelley posted this video last week, and it's been viewed more than 100,000 times since. Somehow we don't think this method is going to replace sabrage anytime soon.

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