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It’s like someone knew today was going to be a day that called for wine. And not just a bottle. But copious amounts of it.
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While I’m sitting here, eating my fried ravioli and drinking my pink Moscato, I’m going to give you 40 facts about wine.
Here we go.
- Not all wines are suitable for vegans. Some of them go through a filtering procedure that involves the use of animal byproducts such as gelatin.
- Kit Kats with a wine taste are a thing. They’re only available in Japan (and on Amazon), but they’re still available.
- There is a free wine fountain in Italy that is open 24 hours a day.
- The practice of “drinking to one’s health” dates back to ancient Greece. The host was supposed to drink the first cup of wine to prove he wasn’t poisoning his guests.
- The practice of toasting dates back to ancient Rome. To counteract excessive acidity, Romans would put a slice of toasted bread into each drink.
- The oldest bottle in the world is, well, extremely ancient. It was made about 325 A.D. and is now on exhibit at a museum in Speyer, Germany.
- There was a rule regarding wine in Hammurabi’s Code (1800 B.C.). Fraudulent wine dealers were to be drowned in a river as a punishment. (Whoa.)
- Women are better wine tasters than males. Because wine tasting is mostly a matter of scent, and women (particularly those of reproductive age) have a superior sense of smell than males. #GirlPower
- Wines do not all improve with age. In fact, 90% of wines should be enjoyed within a year after their release.
- There is such a such as oenophobia (the fear of wine). It exists, and I’m grateful I don’t have it.
- Grapes are the most widely grown fruit in the planet.
- 720 bottles of wine may be made from a ton of grapes.
- People used to drink wine instead of water to relieve their thirst ages ago. During that time, water wasn’t always pure, and natural fermentation, which occurs when wine is produced, might destroy typhi (salmonella) and cholera-causing organisms.
- Oenophobia is a term for a “fear of wine” that some individuals experience. (Wait, didn’t I say this already?)
- Women were not permitted to consume alcohol in early Roman times. If caught in the act, wives who are caught by their husbands drinking wine might be murdered.
- Wine affects women differently than it does men. It’s partially due to biology, since women’s stomach lining has less enzymes needed to break down alcohol.
- In ancient Greece, the dinner host would take the first drink of wine to ensure that the wine supplied to guests was safe. The expression “drinking to one’s health” came from this gesture of civility. (2 glasses in and I’m feeling it)
- There are 10,000 different types of wine grapes in the globe.
- “Aroma” refers to the aroma of young wine, while “Mellow” refers to the aroma of older wine.
- To unleash the scents of the wine, wine tasters “swirl” it in their glass. They also don’t fill the glass more than a third full to let the scents to settle in.
- The aftertaste of an excellent glass of wine is longer and more persistent.
- It is OK to spit up wine during a wine tasting event. It is okay to take a sip of wine and keep it in your mouth for a few seconds before deciding whether to swallow or spit it out during such parties. It also enables visitors to sample a wide range of wines without becoming inebriated.
- The “Nebuchadnezzar” is the biggest bottle of wine. It’s around 15 liters or 20 regular-sized bottles.
- France, Spain, and Italy are the top three wine-producing countries in the world. The United States (California) is ranked fourth, with China in fifth position.
- Despite being the world’s fifth-biggest wine producer, China is the world’s largest consumer for red wine. It’s not only because of the taste; the wine’s red hue is considered auspicious in Chinese culture, and the government prefers it.
- “Toasting” began in ancient Rome, when Greek practices were preserved. It comes from the practice of dipping a slice of toasted bread into wine to mask harsh flavors. (3 glasses and what was I saying)
- The wine had previously been stored in goatskin pouches. Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665), an Englishman, designed the dark green wine bottle that we all know today.
- The Italian Cavit, Chilean Concha y Toro, and Australian Yellowtail are the three most popular varieties of wine.
- Wine is manufactured from grapes, but not the common table grapes that may be found in supermarkets.
- There’s a proper way to hold a wine glass and a proper way to hold a wine glass. The appropriate approach is to grasp the stem of the glass so that the hand does not warm the glass and raise the wine’s temperature.
- Cork-capped wines are kept laying down to preserve the cork from deteriorating and drying out, and to prevent it from falling into the wine. The liquid contacting the cork also stops air from entering the bottle.
- When wine comes into contact with air, it immediately degrades.
- Wines are more complicated than blood serums because they contain so many chemical ingredients.
- “Critter wine” refers to bottles featuring animal emblems on the label.
- There are 400 distinct oak species from which wine barrels may be made.
- To acquire the same quantity of antioxidants as wine, you’d have to consume 7 glasses of orange juice or 20 glasses of apple juice.
- When it comes to meal pairings, heavier foods work well with heavier wines. White wine is often served with poultry or fish, whereas red wine is typically offered with red meat. When it comes to combining wine with dessert, sweet wine is the way to go.
- Chilling wine reduces the sweetness of the wine. Red wine, on the other hand, loses its delicious taste when it becomes too heated.
- Putting grape juice in a container with a lid and keeping it warm makes it taste like wine, but it’s not a tasty drink.
- Drinking red wine has been linked to a variety of health advantages, including cancer prevention and lifespan promotion, as long as you consume it in moderation.
And there you have it. An empty bottle, lots of spell check, and facts about wine. Let me know what your favorite wine is.
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