You think about the food you make for your family, and the nutrients that you’re putting in your body. But do you often think about how your wine makes it to the bottle and into your mouth? If you’re anything like us, you just want to enjoy! If you take some time to think about it, wine is pretty amazing. The process is super interesting, and we highly suggest you take a day to visit one of your local wineries to learn about the time and patience it takes to create that sweet, sweet nectar.
Some red wines are better than others. Some wines have significantly higher levels of polyphenols including tannins and about 5,000 other plant compounds! This means that wines with higher acidity (drier wines) are generally better for you.
There’s a reason wines are stored on their side. If you store wine straight up, your cork could dry out, resulting the possibility of it drying out, dropping into your wine or altering the taste.
When pairing wine with food, just think of it like this: red wines are served with red meats, white wines served with “lighter” food like pasta, fish and chicken.
The world’s oldest bottle of wine was found near the town of Speyer, Germany. It dates before to A.D. 325 and is on display at the town’s historical museum.
In 2005, a study was conducted where a wine “expert” gave the same wine a variation of plus/minus four points! This meant that some people took the term expert less seriously, due to a person’s personal experience having a great impact on their tasting.
It’s not frowned upon to spit out your wine at wine tastings! It’s actually what most professional and high-end tasters do (although, we wouldn’t ever expect it!)
In early Roman times, it was illegal for women to drink wine. Wow, what a long way we’ve come 🙂
Though many people consider grapes as “fruit,” botanists technically classify grapes as berries since each fruit forms from a single flower.
Vineyards cover about 18 million acres all over the world, with Spain, China, France, Italy, Turkey, and the United States being the top grape growing countries.
Because the color of wine comes from grape skins (and not the juice), it’s possible to make a white wine out of red grapes! Weird, right? White wine just contains less of the grape skins, which give red wine its pigment.