1. Countries that consume the most wine per year:
Italy – 54 liters
France – 47 liters
Switzerland – 42 liters
….did we mention that’s per person?!
2. Top wine-producing states in the US:
California – 3.4 million tons of grapes
Washington – 145,000 tons
New York – 45,000 tons
3. 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. Generally, the three major collectibles that should age more than 10 years are: Châteaux of Bordeaux, California Cabernet Sauvignon and port wine.
4. Wine is good for your health:
With 100 calories in a 5-oz glass, wine is a fat-free and cholesterol-free beverage that contains all 13 minerals necessary for human life. Perhaps this is why over half the hospitals in the metropolitan areas of the United States offer alcoholic beverages to their patients. Or why in the United States Pharmacopeia, alcohol is listed as a medicine.
5. The ancient philosophers were wine fans.
Plato believed that when a man reaches 40, he may drink as much as he likes, to combat the “crabbedness of old age.” Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used wine in almost all of his remedies, from cooling fevers to its use as an antiseptic.
6. “Hangover” in other languages:
French – gueule de bois (“wood mouth”)
German – katzenjammer (“wailing of the cats”)
Italian – postumi della sbronza (“out of tune”)
Spanish – resaca (“backlash”)
Swedish – hont i haret (“pain in the hair roots”)
7. International hangover cures:
Greece – eat cabbage
Germany – eat red meat and bananas
France – drink strong coffee with salt
China – drink spinach tea
Puerto Rico – rub half a lemon under drinking arm
Haiti – stick 13 black-headed needles into the cork of the bottle from which they drank
In Russia? They drink vodka….
8. One bottle of wine:
= 2.4 pounds of grapes
= 4 glasses of wine
= 4 happy people (or one very drunk, hopefully happy person)
9. Wine lingo:
Big – high in alcohol
Body – viscosity of the wine (can be as thick as water or cream)
Crisp – high in fruit acidity
Dry – not sweet
Flabby – not enough acid
Finish – aftertaste of the wine
Fruity – fruit flavor of the grape is perceptible
Nose – smell or aroma of the wine
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