Fun, Weird Wine Facts

If you`re anything like me, you probably consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur. When you love wine as much as I do, it can be easy to assume you know everything. However, one thing we always try to remember is that there is always something new and exciting to learn and add to our extensive knowledge.

Here are some facts you may not have known:

• There is more alcohol in mouthwash than in wine.

• The wreckage of the Titanic holds the oldest wine cellar in the world.

• California has the most Chardonnay grapes in the world.

• White wine can be made from both red and white grapes.

• This Spa in Japan lets you swim in red wine.

• Champagne bottles made from thicker glass to resist the carbonation pressure.

• There are more than 10,000 grape varieties that are used to make wine.

• The four tasting elements to look for when sampling wine are acidity, sweetness, tannins and alcohol content.

• The best way to store wine bottles is horizontally.

• 64% of wine bottles are sealed with corks.

• Wine should be stored away from direct light and heat in order to preserve its freshness.

• The Romans mixed lead in their wine as a sweetener.

• Wine is fat and cholesterol free.

• Champagne bottles contain more pressure than car tires.

• Italy has a free, 24-hour wine fountain.

• “Drinking to one’s health” started in ancient Greece.

• Toasting started in ancient Rome.

• Women are better wine tasters. Because wine tasting has so much to do with smell, and women (especially those of reproductive age) have a better sense of smell than men.

• Not all wines improve with age.

• The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to 325 BC.

• France once had a cocaine wine.

• Grapes are the most planted fruit all over the world.

• To quench their thirst, people drank wine instead of water centuries ago.

• At a wine-tasting event, it is okay to spit the wine out.

• The largest bottle of wine is the “Nebuchadnezzar.” It equates to 20 regular-sized bottles or around 15 ltrs.

• The top three most significant producers of wine in the world are France, Spain, and Italy.

• Wine meeting the air quickly spoils it.

• You need to drink 7 glasses of orange juice or 20 glasses of apple juice in order to get the same amount of antioxidants in wine.

• The sweetness of wine is reduced when you chill it. Red wine, however, loses its fruity flavour if it becomes too warm.

• Prince Charles has an Aston Martin that runs on biofuel made out of wine.

• It takes around 500-600 grapes to make one bottle of wine.

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