Wine Facts: For the Wino in Everyone
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1. Any sparkling wine made outside France is not considered champagne
Pretentious, right? What do we call other attempts at making champagne? "Wine Soda" just doesn't quite sound as classy, even if it's a little more appropriate for favored collegiate brands such as "Andre's."
2. It is a common misconception that all wines improve with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of all wines should be consumed within one year
In fact, only a very very small percentage of wine lasts more than ten years without becoming essentially vinegar. So the next time some hack tries to impress you with his 20 year old bottle of wine, you can politely decline him.
3. Wine grapes are the world's number one fruit crop in terms of acres planted
We all love our wine, don't we? And it's not hard to realize why. It can be classy or trashy; cheap or expensive. Really, wine serves a variety of purposes for a huge variety of people all across the globe!
4. The phrase “drinking to your health,” comes from Ancient Greece where the host of a party would drink the wine first to check for poison
The more you know, right? We personally rarely host parties because we don't want our stupid friends to destroy our home, but if it was a thing to poison someone's booze supply? Forget it- y'all can just throw all the parties from now on.
5. According to legend, wine was discovered when a Persian woman tried to take her own life by eating fermented grapes, thinking them poisonous
The woman was actually in the harem of a famous Persian king, and if the legend is to be believed, she came back from the experience much rejuvenated and filled with life. Which sounds about right to us.
6. Wine has a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of gum diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and heart diseases
Now, this doesn't mean you should be drinking it constantly, but wine is better for you than a lot of other beverages out there (we're looking at you, soft drinks!) Just do like the commercials tell you and drink in moderation!
7. Due to possessing a greater amount of congeners, red wine will give you a worse hangover than white wine
Congeners, for the record, are a toxin created during the fermentation process for some alcohols, and darker alcohols tend to have more of them. So if you have to be up early in the morning for work or a basket weaving class or whatever, it's best to stick with the Chardonnay and stay away from the Cabernet.
8. From 1970 until the late 1980s, white wine was bought in the U.S at a 3:1 ratio. By the turn of the millennium, it had evened out to 1:1
This is probably because America's gotten more (and simultaneously less) health-conscious over the last few decades, and red wine is generally considered to be the healthier of the two. Either that, or people these days just like the color red better. Hey, it's possible!
9. The world's oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D 325, and was found inside a Roman sarcophagus in Germany
The bottle is currently on display in the town of Speyer's museum, and probably will never be drank. It's probably for the best, anyway, since we seriously doubt it'd even make good vinegar anymore. Just look at it! Gross.
10. California is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world, after Italy, France, and Spain
True story- the biggest state in the Western U.S constitutes nearly ninety percent of America's wine production. If you've ever visited the North Coast (think Napa) or the Central Coast (think Santa Cruz), this won't surprise you.