Do You Know Wine?

Miscellaneous facts and wine trivia

You may think you know wine, but there’s always more to learn. Here are some wine facts and did-you-knows guaranteed to impress your fellow wine lovers:

  • In 1801, Thomas Jefferson spent 12% of his $25,000 Presidential salary on wine.
  • There are over 5,000 wine grape varieties in the world—many of which have multiple names.
  • The Book of Jonah is the only book in the Old Testament that contains no reference to wine or the vine.
  • The Romans mixed lead with wine to improve preservation, flavor, and texture. Unfortunately, lead is poisonous.
  • Of the wine sold in restaurants, 55% is red wine.
  • Red wine becomes lighter in color as it ages, but white wine becomes darker.
  • There are more chemical compounds in wine than in blood.
  • There are about 44 million bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine.
  • 90% of wine produced in America comes from California.
  • Airén is the world’s most widely planted grape variety in terms of area planted; it is grown primarily in Spain where it is used to make white wine and brandy.

And finally, a Latin proverb: “It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.”

Source – The Daily Sip, Pulse ~ Aug 10, 2012

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