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Still, there are a few facts about wine that everyone should know, just in case you find yourself at a posh party and you don’t want to make a fool of yourself by drinking wine with burger.
Well, let’s go together through the most amazing facts about wine and make you wine smart in less than 5 minutes.
Perhaps one of the most amazing and at the same time interesting fact about wine is that, drunk regularly can better your sex life. An Italian study showed that women who have 2 glasses of wine daily enjoy better physically pleasures than women who don’t drink wine at all. Isn’t this a quite good reason to start drinking wine?
Can you guess who the biggest wine consumers in the world are? Well, while Italy is world’s biggest wine producer, Italian are only #3 on our wine consumers list surpassed by France with 8.14 L per capita and Portugal with 6.65. Surprisingly, Croatia and Andorra are #4 and 5 on the list with 5.80 respectively 5.69 L per capita. When it comes to the biggest US wine consumers the leaders are: California, New York followed by Florida.
Amazingly, the art of making wine was preserved and innovated in the Middle Ages, in the monastic orders. Thanks to the Cistercians and Benedictines we have such an elaborated and perfected winemaking technology today because they actually tasted the earth to discover how the soil changed from place to place. Thanks to Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715) we now enjoy the tastiest champagnes due to his share in founding many principles and processes in its production that are still used today.
Wines and red wines in particular are known to contain many beneficial antioxidants that have cardio-protective effects. However, white wine it may slightly increase the risk of contracting certain kinds of cancer of the digestive tract, particularly the esophagus as some studies show. So, keep to 1 maybe 2 glasses of wine per day!
Most European wines are named after their geographic locations and some of the best known are Bordeaux wines that come from Bordeaux region of France. However, most non-European wines such as Pinot Noir and Merlot are named after different grape varieties. Now you know!
One of the things that you can tell only by looking at the color of the wine, well, if you are a connoisseur, of course is the region and climate where the grape vine is located. Darker shades of wine, namely the blackest reds and gold whites come from warm climates while lighter colors come from cooler climates and are lighter and less lush.
Did you know that there’s an enzyme in the stomach that makes women get drunk faster from drinking wine? This enzyme is located in the linen of the stomach and it helps metabolize alcohol more efficiently. While men have more of this enzyme than women, they get drunk harder while women easier.
Recent archaeological discoveries have found grape seeds dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Also, the oldest pips of cultivated vines were found in Georgia, dating from 7000-5000 B.C. Winemaking was also attested in the oldest literary work known, the Epic of Gilgamesh which makes it a pretty ancient
Yup! Amazingly, there are people around the world who have no other business than hating wine and there’s even a name for it, it is called “oenophobia”.
Well, beer makes that unaesthetic beer belly while wine prevents that from happening. In fact recent studies show that “women who drink regularly are less likely than non-drinking women to become obese”. So if you are about to start a diet to lose weight, than you should consider including wine on the menu as well.