You already knew that and so did we but we thought it was worth mentioning again.
We spend a lot of time on this blog explaining scientific wine topics and geographical information (which is super important, don’t get us wrong) but we thought it was time for a little lighthearted fun about our favorite beverage.
Wine’s fun! You already knew that and so did we but we thought it was worth mentioning again. We spend a lot of time on this blog explaining scientific wine topics and geographical information (which is super important, don’t get us wrong) but we thought it was time for a little lighthearted fun about our favorite beverage.
Below are 10 fun facts about our great friend, wine. Enjoy!
The oldest known wine cellar was on the Titanic. When divers went down to explore the wreckage, they found bottles intact.
Grapes are the most planted fruit in the entire world, which is a good thing since one ton of grapes can produce 720 bottles of wine.
Wines get their color from a pigment found in the grape skins called anthocyanin.
Although they have different varietal names, many of the biggest red wines come from one singular grape species: Vitis Vinifera.
Any region in the world can produce sparkling wine but only Champagne, France can make Champagne.
China is the leading market for red wine in the world because the color red is considered lucky in the Chinese culture.
The aromas in wine come from a rose ketone compound called damascenone which is responsible for scents like floral tea, honey, and dark berries.
Wine is so full of antioxidants that you’d need to drink seven glass of orange juice to match one glass of wine.
Vin Mariani was a French brand of wine in the late 1800s that put coca leaves in their wine. Narcotics laws made it illegal later in the 1900s.
There are people who are afraid of wine. It’s called oenophobia. We don’t get it.
Are you looking for ways to liven up your bar cart? Mezcal is gaining ground among professional bartenders and home mixologists alike, thanks to its signature smoky notes and varied aging requirements. Made of agave, it’s similar to tequila but definitely has a style all its own. Keep reading to find out more about this - Read More
Why should France, Italy, and Spain get all the attention? With many varietals you won’t find anywhere else, Portugal is an exciting and oft-overlooked wine region that deserves more recognition. If you’re looking to shake up your wine rack with high-quality, affordable wines from Europe, then keep reading! About Wine in Portugal Portugal has 14 - Read More
The original Chartreuse recipe is from a mysterious manuscript from 1605 The Carthusian Monks are the Founding Fathers of Chartreuse The Last Word, Naked and Famous, and Trato Hecho are three popular Chartreuse cocktails Chartreuse or “The Elixir of Life” has a unique and extensive history dating back to 1605. This now-popular bitter liqueur has - Read More
Tannins and Histamines are more likely causes of headaches Sauvignon Blanc is a great light-bodied wine for sensitivity drinkers “Sulfite” includes a range of materials commonly used as preservatives in the production of foods and beverages So Sulfuric Dioxide is used by most wineries to prevent spoilage and arrest fermentation Having the opportunity to work - Read More
It may come as a surprise, but Cabernet Sauvignon is not the original California grape. That distinction belongs to Zinfandel, which reigned supreme through the Golden State until Cab surpassed it in 1998. Grown in most of California’s 58 counties, Zinfandel isn’t content playing second fiddle to Cabernet any longer. With protected pockets of old - Read More
Unsurprisingly, the word decant is thought to have originated around the 17th century as an alchemist term meaning – to pour off the clear liquid by tipping the vessel. However, some still argue that it derives from the French – décanter – to pour from the edge of a vessel. Either definition seems appropriate, as - Read More
Mulled Wine Mulled Wine traces its roots to Scandinavia. But there are countless versions across Europe. At its most basic, Mulled Wine combines red or a port wine with added spice, specifically clove or cinnamon. Sometimes orange peels are added, and the Swedish version includes sugar, rum, and brandy. And there are numerous variations on - Read More
Lees are utilized in winemaking to impart “yeasty” flavors and textures of nuts, bread, and hay in white wine. Lees produce amino acids, fatty acids, and small amounts of sugar through a process called autolysis. When a winemaker stirs the lees into the wine its called bâtonnage (“bat-on-naj” in French). There are laws in place - Read More
Bored of Grenache, Sangiovese, and all the other usual suspects? Try Carignan, a medium-bodied red with elevated acidity and an approachable price point. Traditionally used primarily as a blending grape in Southern France and Northern Spain, Carignan is starting to enjoy some single-variatal fame. Keep reading for more on the up-and-coming Carignan, including where it’s - Read More
Wine ratings were first introduced in the 1980s by Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate to make wine more understandable for the general consumer. While not the only rating method, his 100-point system is considered the gold standard for rating wine. Wine Ratings Explained Logically, a low-scoring wine is a bad bottle, and a - Read More
Lighter-bodied wines with less oak are great holiday choices Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November every year Rioja is great with cranberry sauce or any baked pies Thanksgiving usually involves multiple dishes scattered throughout the table to be shared by loved ones on this special day of feasting. So, to make - Read More
Happy harvest season everyone! The job of a harvest intern involves many aspects of wine industry production including the not-so-pretty parts like being covered in grape juice at the end of a shift or getting chased by bees on the crush pad. Coming from a culinary background I’ve always been surrounded by people who’ve dedicated - Read More
While it’s called Syrah through most of the world, this native of the Rhône Valley goes by Shiraz in Australia. And though they’re both the same grape, this name distinction is used to indicate the different styles of Syrah (or Shiraz!). Keep reading to explore the dry, full-bodied, and food-friendly Syrah – where it grows, - Read More
Wine is as much an agricultural good as any other food and beverage we enjoy throughout the year. There are different growing seasons, crop varieties, farming techniques, and many other factors that make a certain grape flourish on the vine and, eventually, in the bottle. Let’s focus more specifically on what this fancy term Terroir - Read More
Sure, reading books (or sites like ours) is a great way to learn about wine. But the most fun and effective way to learn about wine is to taste a lot of it. This can become really expensive, really quickly – so what’s a wine student to do? Hosting a wine tasting with friends is - Read More
Enter scene: Steven Spurrier, an Englishman who owned a struggling wine shop in Paris. Frantically, Spurrier draws up an ambitious idea to, hopefully, spark some life back into his humble Paris storefront. The idea was outlandish but feasible. Travel to California, pick up a few bottles of the best wine he could find and put - Read More
When we think about wine, we most likely imagine warm summer days and rolling vine-covered hills. But here in the twenty-first century, wine is just as much about microchips and satellite networks as grapes and growing seasons. The wine industry, like many others, is facing numerous challenges, including sustainability in the face of a changing - Read More
Bordeaux (Bor-do) refers to a wine region on the western coast of France. Today, over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red – Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. But this was not always the case. The Bordeaux region was once home to white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauternes – a sweet white wine. These sweet whites had - Read More
The term “natural wine” has become quite popular in recent years as more and more people become interested in their health and what they consume. While the term has no official or regulated meaning, it is generally used to denote that nothing has been added to the wine, including added sugars, sulfites, or yeasts. It - Read More
Unfiltered wine is having a moment on wine lists and boutique wine shop shelves. This low-intervention style of wine skips the fining and filtration process that removes yeast and other particles naturally present in wine. As the ‘natural’ wine movement gains more of a foothold, unfiltered and unfined wines are gaining more prevalence. While not - Read More
Riesling is a wine that is pleasantly versatile when paired with food. Here, we’ll be taking a closer look at some notable Riesling and food marriages like Thai, Chinese, Cajun, and even BBQ favorites like hot dogs. Firstly, there are various levels of sweetness/dryness in Rieslings. From driest to sweetest: Kabinett (dry to off-dry) Spätlese - Read More
Hand-polishing delicate stemware and odd-shaped decanters can be difficult. But red wine and whiskey decanters, especially with modern artistic designs, create a new level of cleaning difficulty. Through repeated use, red wine residue collects on the glass’s bottom and lower sides, depositing a red or rusty appearance. Even with rinsing, it accumulates, and the glass - Read More
Everyone knows that red wine is made from red grapes and white wine is made from white grapes, right? It might surprise you to find out that the difference between red and white wine is actually more complex than that. Skin or No Skin: Where Does Wine Color Come From? While most red wines are - Read More