Here are 15 interesting facts about wine you may have not known...
1. The smell of young wine is called an “aroma”, while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet”.
2. The oldest bottle of wine in the world dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses.
3. California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, behind countries including France, Italy and Spain.
4. Wine testers swirl their glasses to encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas.
5. Most wine is served in a glass that has a gently curved rim at the top to help contain the aromas in the glass. The thinner the glass and the finer the rim, the better.
6. When tasting wine, hold the wine in the mouth for a moment or two and then either swallow it or, preferably, spit it out. A really good wine will have a long aftertaste, while an inferior wine will have a short aftertaste.
7. Wine glasses should always be held by the stem and not the bowl because the heat of the hand will raise the temperature of the wine.
8. European wines are named after their geographical locations (eg Bordeaux) whilst non-European wines are named after their grape variety (eg Pinot Noir).
9. One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine, or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes.
10. Wine grapes rank number one among the world’s fruit crops in terms of acres planted.
11. Traditionally wine was never stored standing up. Keeping the wine on its side kept the wine in contact with the cork, thereby preventing the cork from drying, shrinking, and letting in air.
12. Oenophobia is an intense hatred of wine.
13. A wine that has a musty smell, similar to wet cardboard or mold, may mean that the bottle is “corked”.
14. Not all wines improve with time. In fact, a vast majority of wines produced are ready to drink and do not have much potential for aging. Only a rare few last longer than a decade.
15. Wine is a natural tranquilizer, serving to reduce anxiety, and relieve tension.