21 Fun Facts About Wine
Here are 21 Fun Facts About Wine!
- Wine is fat-free and cholesterol-free.
- In Japan there is a spa where you can swim in tea, coffee, and wine
- California has more chardonnay grapes than any place in the world.
- The wreck of the Titanic holds the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the wreckage and the depth, the bottles are still intact.
- Two new studieshave shown that polyphenols in wine (and chocolate!) increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, boosting cognitive ability. The effect gets even more beneficial as you age, since there is a natural reduction in blood supply around the brain later in life. All the more reason to have a glass of ‘medicine’ and a little dessert every chance you get.
- The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose.
- The oldest preserved bottle of wine is nearly 1700 years old and it is on display in a German museum.
- Putting ice and salt in a bucket will chill white wine or Champagne faster.
- The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome where they used this method to make sure no one is trying to poison the other (bumping glasses makes the drink spill from one cup to the other). This tradition started even earlier in ancient Greece – where the host was to drink the first cup of wine to show his guests he does not intend to poison them.
- White wine can be made from red & white grapes.
- The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet”
- Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling,women tend to be better wine tasters because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men.
- In ancient Rome it was forbidden for women to drink wine. If a husband found his wife drinking wine he would be allowed, by law, to kill her
- Poor quality soil tends to produce better wine.
- One bottle of wine contains about 1.27kg of grapes / 600 – average number of grapes.
- Intense fear or hatred of wine is called Oenophobia.
- There is more alcohol in mouthwash than wine
- A standard glass of dry red wine contains around 110 calories for white there can be 160. Sweeter wine has more calories
- Don’t keep your wine bottle standing up – this can cause the cork to dry, shrink and oxygen\air might get in the bottle. Always keep the bottles lying down
- Beaujolais Nouveau is a fruity young red wine that is released for sale each year at the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of November.
- Finally, less a fact you pronounce the “t” in Moët & Chandon Champagne.
Suzi is passionate about wine, beer and whiskey too, not forgetting a love of food and travel. She has been a part of this industry for a little over 10 years. She has worked on level 4 in WSET during this time and regularly hosts tastings and staff training in these sectors. She has recently started a blog on all wine, beer and spirit related beverages. You can follow her blog at suzisgrapecrush or follow Suzi on Twitter