9 wine curiosities

If the wine could talk, it would tell a lot more. And above all, we think they would tell the truth!
The first curiosity – which will remain unsatisfied – is related to the question: when did wine appear? In fact, wine did not appear, it was discovered. Made. So wine is supposed to have predated written or drawn history, even older than bread (or what could be called the unleavened and unbaked crust). Because it did not require fire, can we venture to believe that it was made and consumed before fire was discovered? Probably not because, until it became wine, it needed to ferment somewhere other than its own grape skin. It would have been truly innovative. But probably also a little frustrating for the ladies who could have reproached the gentlemen: I don’t have the fire to bake bread for the children and you started making wine!?

Let’s get back to our curiosities.

  1. 350 g of wine, i.e. two glasses, is equal to 17 hours of sleeplessness. Applying the simple rule of 3, 1 liter of wine = almost two days of sleeplessness. 3.5 liters of wine = one week. And all this because the bacillus fluid reduces the body’s performance more than you might think.
  2. The oldest wine bottle in the world is in Germany. It is over 1700 years old and, to be safe, it is guarded in a museum. So that she doesn’t leave safely.
  3. Richard Juhlin is the world champion of recognizing wines by smell (yes, there are such championships too!) and he is a Swede who participated in a wine recognition contest in 2003. He succeeded in identifying 43 varieties out of a total of 50, while the second place winner recognized only 4 varieties of wine.
  4. China is on the first place in the world for the consumption of red wine. China’s per capita wine consumption is 1.9 l per year. Be careful though, If the population of the Vatican were to grow a little (more), it would surpass China because each inhabitant there consumes around 74 liters of wine per year.
  5. The custom of clinking wine glasses comes from ancient Rome. Because they were almost paranoid about poisoned wine, the collision caused splashes of wine to jump from one glass to another, so that the poison would also reach the perpetrator. On the other hand, in Ancient Greece, the first person to check the wine was the host himself.
  6. The largest collection of wine bottles in the world is in the Republic of Moldova, at Mileștii Mici, where approximately 1.5 million wine bottles are stored.
  7. The Latin expression “In vino veritas” belongs to Alceus, a Greek poet. It seems that in his time, suspected persons were forced to drink a lot of wine. A lot! That’s how simple it was to discover the truth.
  8. Over time, white wine darkens in color and red wine takes on a lighter shade.
  9.  To a large extent, the idea that wines get better with time is wrong. A small part of them have the ability to improve their qualities. In general, a bottle of wine should be consumed in about 2 years.

What are the most famous wines in the world

Among the most popular white wines are:

  • Chardonnay: A medium to full bodied white wine grown globally. It has clear fruit aromas, including apple and pear, combined with flavors of citrus and vanilla.
  • Riesling: is the emblematic wine of Germany, originating from the Rhine Valley. It starts with a sweet and sour aroma, but quickly balances out with hints of honey.
  • Pinot Gris: It is a dry and refreshing Italian white wine with clear fruit flavors.
  • Sauvignon blanc: is a light white wine with citrus notes and grassy aromas. It exhibits vanilla aromas when aged in oak.

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Types of wines: Which are the best and how to choose them

Knowing wine involves a lot of information, from grape types to geographic regions to flavor profiles. While some wine drinkers are familiar with the nuances of this topic, others are a little overwhelmed when they sit down to the table and follow the wine selection.
While there is no limit to the amount of information you can gather, a few basic ideas will help you develop your experience when ordering or purchasing a bottle of wine.
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