The power that a glass of wine holds within itself is pretty damn mystical. Suddenly, a regular party is transformed into a ‘grown-up’ one, everyone sitting next to you is apparently a wine expert, and a bad joke is interpreted as all philosophical and sh*t. Of course that may just be the alcohol content in it working its magic. In any case, if you’re heading out for a night of wining and dining, or an evening cocktail with wine and cheese, here are some pretty cool facts you can save a dying conversation with, or become yet another wine expert while you’re at it.
Most wines don’t improve with age
It is a common misconception that wine improves with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of wines are advisable to be consumed within a year of bottling. The only wines that would actually improve with age are Châteaux of Bordeaux, fine producers of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Vintage Port.
Drinking to one’s health
This term was born from a tradition in Ancient Greece, where the dinner host would take the first sip of wine to ensure that the remaining guests are not poisoned. Geez, talk about dramatic. The term “Toasting” on the other hand came from the Ancient Roman practice of dropping a piece of toasted bread into wine to absorb excess acidity and hinder undesirable tastes.
“I will haunt you b*tches if I’m poisoned”
The fermenting factor
Grapes naturally ferment due to the elements contained in the grape skin. Grape skin may have also been used as one of the earliest method to produce beer because of its fermenting properties. In fact, if you squeeze a couple of grapes into a sealed bottle and leave it in a relatively warm area, it would turn into wine automatically. It won’t taste great, but it’ll get you happy. That’s the whole point, right?
How many grapes to a glass?
A glass of wine contains the juice from one cluster of grapes, which contains around 75 grapes. One grapevine can produce 10 bottles of wine, and one vineyard contains 400 grapevines, which can produce about 3,000 – 4,000 bottles of wine.
That’s a glass of happiness right there.
The oldest of them all
The most ancient bottle of wine found in a sarcophagus in the town of Speyer, Germany, and dates back to the year A.D. 325 and was found in the mid 1800s. The bottle is now in display in the town’s history museum.
Wine drinkers and connoisseurs swirl their glass of red wine to release all the aromas from the drink. They fill their glasses not more than 1/3 full to allow the aroma to collect and not spill out during their swirling.
The order of serving
It is traditional to serve lighter wines first at the start of the night, before proceeding to heavier and richer ones. Also, white wines should be served before reds, younger wines before older ones, and dry ones before sweet ones.
Women are better at it
To discern the aroma of wine, one needs to have a sensitive sense of smell and taste. Since women are equipped with better sense of smell, they are usually better wine tasters (among a million other things) than men.
Mmm. Smells like victory