I used to wonder why great wine was so expensive. What went into the wine-making process that resulted in $10,000.00 bottles of great-tasting wine.
I had the pleasure of going on the Appleton Estate tour a few months ago. This trip really put things into perspective. I realized it wasn’t just the process of making the wine, that made it worthy of its cost but also the process of aging the wine and the measures that were put in place. These meaures included never reusing an old barrel for new wine.
Thinking about the process brought something Jesus had said into perspective for me. I had never fully grasped why it was integral when Jesus made the declaration of not pouring new wine into old barrels. I now understand! You will never get great costly wine if you reuse a barrel! Why? The barrel would have become compromised after going through the first aging process of the old wine.