We are back with wine trivia! Yes, we mean, wine facts! Any yes, we are not done with wine but, we will try to make this article the last one because we don’t want to bore you to madness. Afterall, a bit of sanity is required to taste wine! 😉
So, let’s begin…
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1. In ancient Rome, women drinking wine was just not acceptable. A husband could simply kill his wife if he found out that she drank wine! 194 BCE is the last recorded time of Roman history when a Roman man gave divorce to his wife simply because she tasted/drank wine.
2. You drink wine and your gums will tingle. It is caused by a substance known as tannin. You can actually see tannin as sediments in wine bottles. Tannin has excellent antioxidant properties.
3. A standard glass of white wine will have 110 calories. Exact same is present in a glass of dry red wine. Want more calories? Go for sweeter wines!
4. Red Burgundy wine is referred to as Holy Grail by winemakers across the globe. The reason is simple. The grape used for the wine is Pinot Noir and it is extremely difficult to make the Red Burgundy from that grape.
5. Europeans brought home some vine cuttings from New World. Turned out that those vine cuttings had Phylloxera vastatrix – a tiny insect known for eating the vine roots. So, in order to save their own grape vines, the Europeans had to graft the American vines to the root stocks of Europe. So, there is something called Pre-Phylloxera wine in Europe. It refers to the wine made before Phylloxera reached European vineyards back in 1860s.
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6. Traditionally, the method of storing wine was to keep the bottle on its side instead of keeping them standing. The reason was that when laid on side, the wine stayed in contact with the cork and thereby prevented the cork from drying up and then shrinking. A shrunk cork destroys the wine by letting in air.
7. In ancient world, wine was carried in what is known as Wineskins. Wineskins were made of animal skin, especially pig sink. The skin was cleaned thoroughly and then tanned and finally turned inside out so that the hairy side remained inside. Wine was then stored in it and the animal hair stayed in contact with the wine.
8. Monastic orders were the best innovative winemakers during the Medieval Ages. Benedictines and Cistercians were considered as best winemakers because it is said that they went around tasting soil to understand how soil quality changed from place to place. The knowledge collected back then is heavily used today.
9. Orthodox Jews need Kosher wine. Kosher wine simply means the wine that has not been touched by non-observant Jew or Gentile anytime during the whole process of making the wine. This includes from time of picking the grapes till the time of bottling the wine. And yes, ingredients should also be kosher.
10. When it comes to all fruit crops in world, wine grapes take the number one spot in terms of total acres of plantation.