I took off very early last Sunday morning to go to Saint-Péray, a wine Appellation in the Rhone region. It is only two and a half hours from where I live, but because I had a wine tasting session with future ‘Wine Profilers’, I didn’t get home until 11:30pm; so waking up the next morning to leave by 7 am was very hard. Saint Vincent is known as the Patron Saint of the wine makers especially in Burgundy Champagne and the Rhone regions.
Who is Saint Vincent? Well, it is said that he was born into a noble family in the later part of the third century in Huesca, a small Spanish town at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains. He became a Deacon very young and then Arch-Deacon in Zaragoza. He was responsible for the administration of church property, but he also preached, replacing the Bishop sometimes in Zaragoza.
Why is Vincent a Saint? There are several reasons given. But one that stands out the most is that the choice of wine was made and because the word “wine” is in the name of the saint ‘Vin’ and the blood, ‘Cent (sang)’. It is also argued that a press wheel was used to torture Vincent. We are in the Roman era and Christians were persecuted throughout the Empire. Vincent was imprisoned and tortured for his beliefs. Apparently, many miracles saved his life, but he eventually died on January 22 304 which is the official Saint Vincent day.
The Confrerie of St-Péray celebrated one week earlier this special day with the help of 180 of their friends attending the Church services, The changing of homes for the Statue of St.Vincent to Domaine Remy Nodin, and the Intronisation into the Confrerie the lovely fiancée of Remy, Amandine Belle. We then all followed to Remy to his domain Domaine Remy Nodin, who will house the statue for the year. A Toast was raised in honor of the event during a simple cocktail hour, before heading to the restaurant lunch.
So, here I am, celebrating Saint-Vincent with the Confrerie de St-Péray of the Appellation Saint-Péray, known for their white wines, and other Confreries present, such as the Confrerie of Lyon, The Confrerie of the Caillette and the Confrerie of Chestnuts…