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cleared wine

Previously used in medicinal practice, the recipe of the famous Benedictine abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). A glass of at best high quality wine (Messwein) is heated almost to boiling (that is, until bubbles show). The alcohol escapes. At this point in time, the wine is "extinguished" with a splash of cold water. It is, so to speak, one reduced alcohol Wine. The lukewarm and not necessarily pleasant tasting wine must now be swallowed. According to Hildegard, the drink helps against anger and grief and strengthens the nerves. For example, it can be enjoyed immediately after trouble or argument. In the original text this reads as follows: "This is how the smoke of black bile (melancholy) that has risen in him to the outbreak of anger is held in check" . See also below special wines,

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