Want some surprising wine facts? You are at the right place. In this article we will list some wine trivia that we challenge were mostly unknown to you. So, buckle up buddies. There’s a lot you can learn from this single article about one of your favorite drinks. Without further ado, let’s start…
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1. If you think wine comes in just two colors – red and white, you are grossly mistaken. There are other colors too! Those unique colors include Pink, Orange and Golden.
2. Red wines, compared to white wines, have more alcohol content and more calories in general.
3. There are many factors that determine the quality of the wine that will be produced. For instance, soil nutrient, variations in temperature, sunshine amount, fog, moisture etc. all determine the wine flavor.
4. If the grapes are grown on soil that is clay-heavy, the produced wine will have bolder taste compared to wine produced from grapes that grow on sandy soil.
5. Grapes grown on loamy soils will lead to wines that are called ‘tasteless’. Similarly, grapes from warmer climate will be usually picked when they become ripe. Such grapes will produce sweeter wine.
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6. Champagne is nothing but sparkling wine. However, it is called Champagne because it is produced from grapes grown in France’s northeast region called ‘Champagne’.
7. A sparkling wine sparkles because of the carbon dioxide bubbles present in it.
8. Red wines are to be served in wider glassware. This is because, a wide glass will help in oxidation, which eventually helps to support its taste. Similarly, white wine should be served in taller glasses which are less rounded to prevent too much oxidation. Oxidation overpowers white wine and destroys its flavor.
9. Red wine and white wine both pair with different types of food. Red wine is best served with red meat while white wine is best served with vegetables, poultry and fish.
10. There are some general rules of thumb when it comes to serving white wine or red wine. The rules are mentioned below:
- If you are serving both red and white wines to your guests, serve white before red.
- If you have younger and vintage wines, serve younger wine before vintage wine.
- If you have dry wines and sweeter wines, serve dry wine before sweeter wine.
- Serve white wine at a temperature of 45°F to 50°F.
- Serve red wine at a temperature of 50°F to 60°F.
- If you are serving red wine, put the bottle inside a refrigerator for 20 minutes before you serve.
- If you are serving white wine, remove the refrigerated bottle from refrigerator 20 minutes before you serve it.
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11. If sparkling wines are to be enjoyed in their full glory, the bottles should be refrigerated and chilled thoroughly before they are opened and served. A bubbly bottle shouldn’t be opened when it is warm.
12. There are some wineries in this world that will actually print best food pairs for the wine on the label of the bottle. This is quite interesting.
13. Wines, when paired with food, create something called “synergy”. This is basically a third flavor that comes out when the wine and food mixes. The wine or the food cannot independently give this flavor.
14. There are very rare varieties of wine that actually taste like grapes. Examples will be Concord Wine and Muscat Wine.
15. Red wines have a tendency of losing color when they age. They will turn brick red sort of color. White wines on the other hand have a tendency of gaining color and they will gradually turn into golden and finally into brown-yellow.
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16. There is only one place in world that has been continuously producing wine since the ancient Roman times. It is southwest France’s Bergerac wine region.
17. The reason why no other sparkling wine in the world can be called as Champagne apart from the ones produced in France’s Champagne region is that that region earned the elevated status by what is known as Protected Designation of Origin Law. This is an European law that applies to wine makers worldwide.
18. Wine made out of frozen grapes is known as Eiswein. That’s a German invention.
19. Why are only grapes used for making wine? That’s because, they are the only fruits (technically berries) in the world that produces sugar in its juice and nutrition on its skin for yeast to naturally ferment it. No other fruit is capable of doing that.
20. There are a particular class of chemists whose job is to analyze wine samples and then give crucial tips and advises to those who make wine. Those chemists are known as ‘Enologists’.
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- Sommers, Brian J. The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop. London, UK: Plume, 2008.
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