15 Wine Truths

Written by Posted on 08 01, 2016
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15 Wine Truths.

In vino veritas is a Latin phrase that means “in wine, truth”. We’re here to serve you some exciting wine truths, here are 20 things about wine that you might have not heard. They sound so incredible , they might seem untrue, but each wine truth is fact!

1. Most people associate wine with the Romans, however wine is more ancient than the Roman empire.  7,000-year-old pottery from sites in Iran’s Zagros Mountains tested positive for residues specific to grapes.

2. The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome where they used this method to make sure no one is trying to poison the other (bumping glasses makes the drink spill from one cup to the other). This tradition started even earlier in ancient Greece – where the host was to drink the first cup of wine to show his guests he does not intend to poison them.

3. In ancient Rome it was forbidden for women to drink wine. If a husband found his wife drinking wine he would be allowed, by law, to kill her.

4. The ancient Egyptians did not like wine. The old Pharaohs believed that the red alcoholic beverage is actually the blood of men who tried to fight the gods and failed. This is why, according to the egyptians, what makes people act irrationally while drinking it.

5. In Vietnam, you can ask your waiter for a glass of Cobra wine. This extreme beverage is rice wine covered with snake blood that is killed on the spot, if you’d like you can add the snake’s heart to the mix as well.

6. The world champion of recognizing wine by smell was crowned in 2003. Richard Juhlin, a sport ed from sweden, was able to recognize 43 wines out of 50. For comparison – second place was only able to recognize 4 of them.

7. Wines are best stored in a cool dark closet. Try not to keep your wine in the kitchen. The heat there is too much and may damage the wine’s quality. The fridge is no place for a wine either since it is just too cold.

8. If you own a collection of bottles don’t keep them standing up because this can cause the cork to dry, shrink and oxygen\air might get in the bottle. Always keep the bottles lying down (Unless it’s an artificial cork.)

9. A survey that was being held in Australia said that women that drink 2 cups of wine a day tend to enjoy sex more than women who don’t drink at all.

10.  The phobia of wine is called Oenophobia.

11. We have monks to thank for our wineMonastic orders such as the Cistercians and Benedictines preserved and innovated the art of winemaking during the Middle Ages. It is thanks to their research and indefatigable efforts we have such an elaborate winemaking technology today. One of the world’s most famous Champagnes Dom Pérignon was named after a monk.

12. The colour of the wine tells you about its geographical origin.Darker shades of wine, namely the darkest reds and yellow whites come from warm climates. Lighter colors come from cooler climates and taste lighter and less lush.

13. Women get drunk faster from wine because of their water to fat ratio.

14. Prince Charles uses wine to power his vintage Aston Martin.

15. The oldest preserved bottle of wine is nearly 1700 years old and it is on display in a German museum.

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