Wine facts! Yes, this article is all about one of our favorite drinks. Here, you get to know some of the most little known facts about wine that you will enjoy reading and will, at the same time, garner some knowledge. It will be a mix and match of health facts and fun facts about wine. So, get ready and grab a glass of wine!
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1. There are increasing number of evidences that show that when one drinks wine regularly (albeit in moderation), the chances of contracting heart diseases, gum diseases, stroke and Alzheimer disease reduce significantly.
2. The red color of the red wine comes from the color that gets extracted from the skins of grapes during the process of fermentation. White wine? Well, in this case, grapes without skins are fermented.
3. The smell that emanates from young wine is referred to as “aroma”. While the smell that emanates from a mature wine is referred to as “bouquet”.
4. Wine has several health benefits but that doesn’t mean it won’t harm. Evidences suggests that drinking wine can increase the risk (albeit marginally) of digestive tract cancer (in particular, esophagus) and even breast cancer.
5. Compared to white wine, red wine has more antioxidant properties. Red wine contains resveratrol , which is the primary element responsible for mitigating cardiac diseases.
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6. Red wine is known to have antioxidants but did you know that Soy Sauce beats red wine in that by a huge margin? Soy Sauce has 10x more antioxidants.
7. Speyer, Germany is the town from where the oldest known wine has been recovered. Dating all the way back to 325 CE, the wine was recovered from one of two sarcophaguses of the Roman era found in the town. You can see the wine on display at Historisches Museum der Pfalz.
8. France leads the world in wine production followed by Italy and Spain respectively. California in USA is the world’s fourth largest wine producer.
9. Wine sellers who were fraudulent were to be punished by drowning in river. This is actually mentioned in Code of Hammurabi of 1800 BCE.
10. Want to know whether a wine is really good or has an inferior quality? Take a sip of the wine and hold in your mouth for one or two moments. Then spit it out into spittoon or simply swallow it. Now wait and see how long the aftertaste remains. The longer it remains, the better it is.
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11. Ever wondered why wine testers don’t fill their glasses to the brim and why they swirl their glasses? Here are the reasons:
- Swirling helps to release wine’s powerful aromas.
- Glasses are filled only to one-third of the capacity to allow space for aromas to collect and also to ensure that the wine doesn’t spill over when the glass is swirled.
12. Ever wondered where did the phrase “drinking to one’s health” come from? It came from ancient Greece where it was a ritual for dinner hosts to take first sip of wine to prove it to guests that the wine was not poisoned.
13. Then came Romans who continued Greek tradition but add something new. They took a toasted bread piece and dropped it into wine for tempering excessive acidity and undesirable tastes. That’s how the tradition of tasting started.
14. Romans also found out one more thing! Mixing lead in wine not only gives it a succulent texture but also helps in giving it a sweet taste and yes, the wine is preserved for a longer time. Unfortunately, it turned out that the Romans faced the problem of chronic lead poisoning and many historians believe that it became one of the reasons for decline or Romans.
15. Some wine may have a watery taste. That taste has a name. It is called ‘dilute’. It is very likely that such wines are made out of grapes that had been plucked during rainstorms.
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16. Why are wines stored in special cellars? That because:
- In kitchen, temperature is too high for proper preservation of wine.
- In refrigerator – even in its warmest possible temperature – the environment is too cold for the wine.
17. Vinland was the name given to America by the Vikings. They found native grape vine profusions there somewhere around 1,000 CE and hence, the name. Vinland means ‘pasture-land or wine-land’.
18. In United States of America, Florida, New York and California are the states with leading wine consumption across the country.
19. Only Book of Jonah in whole Biblical Old Testament has not drawn any reference of wine or vine.
20. There is something called “Cork-tease”. This is the name that is given to that person who will continuously talk of a wine that he or she will open but actually never opens it.
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