Tuesday, December 11, 2012


You would be surprised that American Jewish culture had any influence at all on our's, but it did.

When I was growing up, long before the Napa Valley wines were known of on Guam, there was only one wine our Chamorro elders knew of, and that was Mogen David.

To this day, many older Chamorros will not sip any wine at all unless it is super sweet, like the Mogen David wine we know as kids.  If at dinner, an older Chamorro tells me to drink a certain wine being served because it is good, I know that he or she means it is sweet.

Which is why priests cannot use just any ole wine they may happen to find at Payless.  Altar wine has to be pure wine, with no extra ingredients like sugar or brandy to make it sweeter. 

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