16 Facts About Wine That Will Blow Your Mind
It's National Trivia Day! Here are 16 fun facts about wine that'll blow you away!
1. In Ancient Greece, the host of a dinner party would take the first sip of wine to assure guests it wasn't poisoned, hence the phrase, "drinking to one's health."
2. Not all wine gets better with age. Apparently, only 1 percent do. The rest should not be consumed after five years.
3. Since women generally have better senses of smell, they are better at wine testing than men.
4. Grapes ferment themselves. If you squeeze them into a jar and keep it warm, it'll turn into wine all by itself.
5. All grapes produce clear juice. Red wine is only red because the grape's skin is included in the fermentation process.
6. The best value bottles are not under $10. With so many countries making good quality wine, the value opens up between $10 and $20, where the wine could very well taste like those priced at $30 or even $50.
7. Grapes may have made the first beer.
8. California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world following France, Italy and Spain.
9. The alcohol content in wine has saved people from diseased water.
10. While wine offers health benefits such as preventing heart disease, Alzheimer's, stroke and gum disease, it also increases the risk for certain cancers. Moderation is key!
11. In California, wine tours almost top visits to Disneyland.
12. The Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine procured a sweeter taste. Consequentially, chronic lead poisoning has been cited as one of the causes for the empire's decline.
13. When a waiter, or "wine steward" hands you a cork, DO NOT sniff it, lest you shame you and your friends at the wine-tasting party. Examine the cork for mold, and pieces missing to determine the quality of the wine (no mold/missing pieces = good stuff). Some corks will also have the date the wine was made.
14. Wine that tastes watery may have been made from grapes picked during a rainstorm.
15. In Ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine to maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only pharaohs.
16. One of the most quoted wine legends involves a woman belonging one of Noah's harems that attempted suicide with grape pips (seeds), which were thought to be poisonous. Wine was discovered after she found herself rejuvenated and lively.