Curiosities about the subjects we love is always a great hobby, right?
See our article 33 curiosities about wine that you (probably) did not know, one of our hits.
And if I tell you we can get together another 40. That's right, forty!
Let's go for boldness and list these 40 unique and curious facts about wine for you to have fun and tell your friends! Be sure to share!
- Wine is made in virtually every country in the world, you know?
- Due to a natural chemical balance, the grapes ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water or other nutrients. Of course, if the winemaker wants a specific wine, he can by whatever enzyme he wants.
- In Vietnam, if you know what you are doing and ask your waiter for a glass of snake wine, they will serve you rice wine covered with snake blood that is killed on the spot.
- The intense fear or hatred of wine is called "enophobia." I'm sure I do not have it.
- The bottle of dark green wine was an English invention, the work of Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665). Previously the wine had been kept in goatskin bags.
- Wine tastings are somewhat erroneously named - top sommeliers agree that the smell is by far the most important sense when it comes to drinking wine.
- The custom of bumping the glasses with a toast salute came from old Rome.
- In ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine to maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only 1/4 of the pharaohs.
- Winemaking is a significant theme in one of the oldest literary works
known, the Epic of Gilgamesh. The divinity responsible for wine was the
- The average age of a French oak harvested for use in the production of wine barrels is 170 years.
- A survey from Australia has stated that women who drink 2 glasses of wine a day tend to like sex more than women who drink nothing.
- The primary fruit crop in Napa Valley during the 1940s was plum, not grapes.
- There are, on average, 10,000 varieties of wine grapes around the world.
- The Roman historian Pliny the Elder classified 121 BC as a "harvest of the highest excellence." This was the first known reference to a specific vintage of wine.
- 400 different species of oak are available to obtain wood for wine barrels.
- Wine tasting is the sensory examination and wine evaluation.
- Some pieces of New World vines brought to Europe spread a small insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of the vines. The only way to save all European vines was to take
vines that were grafted onto American rootstocks to combat phylloxera.
- A "cortic-tease" is someone who talks constantly about the wine he or she will open but never does.
- Although wine offers certain medical benefits, it may slightly increase the risk of contracting certain types of cancer of the digestive tract, particularly the esophagus.
- European wines are named according to their geographical locations, while those other than European are named from different varieties of grapes.
- In addition to churches and monasteries, two other large medieval institutions have had much of their income from wine: hospitals and universities. O
most famous medieval hospital endowed with wine is the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu in
Beaune, France, is now a museum.
- In the Middle Ages, the world's largest and most innovative wine producers
were of monastic order. The Cistercians and Benedictines were
particularly good winemakers, and say they have tasted up to earth to find out how the soil has changed from place to place.
- The Germans invented Eiswein, or wine made from frozen grapes.
- Because the grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are harvested during what is
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, an Australian wine of 2010 could be six
months older than a 2010.
- When the wine comes in contact with the air, it spoils quickly, by oxidation.
- The wine is made with grapes, but it is NOT made with the typical table grapes
that you would find in the market.
- The ancient Romans believed that the seasoning was more important than the
main wine flavor. They often added fermented fish sauce, garlic, lead and wormwood. Which caused a lot of people to get sick, especially for lead.
- The word "sommelier" is an ancient French word meaning butler or a custodian of provisions, derived from the saumalier.
- The "toasting" ritual began in the Middle Ages, when poisoning was a favorite way to get rid of an enemy. To make sure his glass was free of poison, drinkers first poured some wine into each other's glass, so if it was poison, now it was in both.
- A crop of newly planted wines takes four to five years to grow before it can be harvested for the first time.
- The ban on alcohol had a devastating impact on the US wine industry., and took years to recover. Some wineries survived by making sacramental wine for religious purposes, which was permitted by law.
- China has become the main market for red wine - not just for its taste. It is a color favored by the government and is also considered to bring luck.
- Unicellular organisms called yeast convert the sugar from the grapes to alcohol and carbon dioxide, and also releases heat into the process.
- Most wine glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate
characteristics, directing the wine to key areas of the tongue and nose where they can be fully tapped.
- All wine is stored at the same temperature regardless of its color. But reds and whites are consumed at completely different temperatures.
- A glass of wine consists of juice from a bunch of grapes.
- A vine produces 10 bottles of wine on average.
- An acre can contain 400 vines, resulting in five tons of grapes.
- A bottle of wine has:
- 750 ml of liquid
- 1.08 kg of grapes
- 4 glasses of wine
- A Barrel of Wine has:
- 335kg of grapes and 223 liters of wine
- 295 bottles of wine
- 1,180 wine glasses
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