WINE FUN FACTS

WINE FUN FACTS

We’ve all heard that Wine is good for you, and we know that is has been around for thousands of years. However, I bet you didn’t know some of the stuff I found out about wine. Check out the fun facts about wine that I have dug up to give you a laugh and may even surprise you!!

1.     Wine is made in virtually every country in the world.

2.     Due to a natural chemical balance, grapes ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients.

3.     In Vietnam, if you are in the know and ask your waiter for a glass of cobra wine. They will serve you rice-wine covered with snake blood that is killed on the spot.

4.     Intense fear or hatred of wine is called “oenophobia.”

5.     The dark green wine bottle was an English invention, the work of Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665). Previously wine had been kept in goat skin bags.

6.     Wine ‘tastings’ are somewhat inaccurately named – top sommeliers agree that smell is by far the most important sense when it comes to drinking wine.

7.     The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome.

8.     In ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine until maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only the pharaohs.

9.     Bubbles in wine have been observed since ancient Greece and were attributed to the phases of the moon or to evil spirits.

10.  Winemaking is a significant theme in one of the oldest literary works known, the Epic of Gilgamesh. The divinity in charge of the wine was the goddess Siduri.

wine fun facts

 wine fun facts

21.  A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.

22.  While wine offers certain medical benefits, it may slightly increase the risk of contracting certain kinds of cancer of the digestive tract, particularly the esophagus.

23.  European wines are named after their geographic locations while non-European wines are named after different grape varieties.

24.  Besides churches and monasteries, two other great medieval institutions derived much of their income from wine: hospitals and universities. The most famous medieval wine-endowed hospital is the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, France, it is now a museum.

25.  In the Middle Ages, the greatest and most innovative winemakers of the day were monastic orders. The Cistercians and Benedictines were particularly apt winemakers, and they are said to have actually tasted the earth to discover how the soil changed from place to place.

 

27.  Because grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are picked during what is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a 2010 Australian wine could be six months older than a 2010.

28.  As wine comes into contact with air, it quickly spoils.

29.  Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.

30.  Wine is made with grapes, but it is NOT made with the typical table grapes you would find at the grocery store.

31.  Ancient Romans believed that seasoning was more important than the main flavor of wine. They often added fermented fish sauce, garlic, lead and absinthe.

32.  The Romans discovered that burning sulfur candles inside empty wine vessels kept them fresh and free from a vinegar smell.

33.  The word “sommelier” is an old French word meaning butler or an officer in charge of provisions, derived from the Old Provençal saumalier, or pack-animal driver.

34.  The “Cheers” ritual started back in the Middle Ages, when poisoning was a favorite way to get rid of an enemy. To be sure their glass was poison-free, drinkers would first pour a bit of wine into each other’s glass, so if there was poison in one, it was now in both.

35.  A crop of newly-planted wines takes about four to five years to grow before it can be harvested.

36.  A “butt” is a medieval measurement for the liquid volume of wine.

26.  The Germans invented Eiswein, or wine that is made from frozen grapes.

 

27.  Because grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are picked during what is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a 2010 Australian wine could be six months older than a 2010.

28.  As wine comes into contact with air, it quickly spoils.

29.  Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.

30.  Wine is made with grapes, but it is NOT made with the typical table grapes you would find at the grocery store.

31.  Ancient Romans believed that seasoning was more important than the main flavor of wine. They often added fermented fish sauce, garlic, lead and absinthe.

32.  The Romans discovered that burning sulfur candles inside empty wine vessels kept them fresh and free from a vinegar smell.

33.  The word “sommelier” is an old French word meaning butler or an officer in charge of provisions, derived from the Old Provençal saumalier, or pack-animal driver.

34.  The “Cheers” ritual started back in the Middle Ages, when poisoning was a favorite way to get rid of an enemy. To be sure their glass was poison-free, drinkers would first pour a bit of wine into each other’s glass, so if there was poison in one, it was now in both.

35.  A crop of newly-planted wines takes about four to five years to grow before it can be harvested.

36.  A “butt” is a medieval measurement for the liquid volume of wine.

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