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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WINE
Fun and interesting facts about wine that you may not have known and that will make you love wine even more:
1. Why do people "clink" glasses when toasting?
Because red wine satisfies the three human senses (smell, sight and taste and in order to satisfy the fourth human sense (hearing) then they "clink" to make the pleasure complete).
2. Red wine is called GOD'S LIQUID
Red wine has over 4000 registered ingredients and new ingredients are discovered every year and there is no more complex liquid in the world than red wine.
3. oldest alcoholic beverage
Wine is the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world and was invented more than 8000 years ago
4. "to drink together"
The centre of Greek social and intellectual life was the symposium, which literally means "to drink together", named after their habit of consuming wine during intellectual discussions.
5. "drink for one's health"
In ancient Greece, the host would be the first to take a sip of wine to show guests that it was not poisoned. Hence the saying "drink for one's health".
6. release all aromas
Wine tasters swirl the wine in a glass, to encourage it to release all aromas. That’s why they only fill a third of the glass to keep the aromas in the glass.
7. The Hammurabi Code
The Hammurabi Code (1800 BC) includes a law punishing dishonest wine sellers by drowning them in the river.
8. The worst place to store
The worst place to store wine is most often the kitchen. Serving red wine at "room" temperature means the temperature of the wine cellar, which is from 13C to 16C
9. held by the handle
Glasses should always be held by the handle so that the warmth of the hand does not raise the temperature of the wine in the glass.
10. As it ages
As it ages, red wine will lose its colour and take on the colour of brick, while white wines will get a more intense a colour, become golden or brown-yellow.
In terms of health, research has shown that moderate consumption of red wine is much better than no consumption at all. In fact, the antioxidants that wine possesses help against cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Red wine significantly reduces the chances of stroke for those who drink it regularly and moderately, compared to people who do not drink it at all. But if you drink it more than you should, you are doing yourself more harm than good.
To get the same amount of antioxidants as in one glass of wine, you need to drink 20 glasses of apple juice or seven glasses of orange juice.
13. completely dietary
Wine has no fat or cholesterol; it is completely dietary! Of course, wine should be drunk in moderation.
According to an Italian study, women who drink two glasses of wine a day have a stronger libido than those who do not.
A Cork-tease is the person who constantly talks about the bottle of wine he will open, but never actually opens it.
16. oldest known wine cellar
The oldest known wine cellar of selected wines is located on the Titanic. When the divers descended into the wreck, to everyone’s surprise, most of the bottles were still preserved.
A Portuguese proverb says: "He who has good wine has good friends !!"
18. Pharaoh Tutankhamun
In Egypt, during the reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, "ordinary mortals" drank beer, while only the upper class could drink wine
19. “In vino veritas”
The Latin saying “In vino veritas” (In wine is truth) was first uttered by the Roman writer and scientist Gaius Plinius Secundus.
20. 1600-year-old bottle
In the German "Speyer" museum there is a 1600-year-old bottle of wine.
21. "fire should not be added to fire"
Plato held that young men under the age of 18 should not drink wine at all, for "fire should not be added to fire."
22. Saint Martin
That the quality of grapes increases if the vine is pruned was discovered in the 4th century by the Bishop of Tours. His donkey, left unattended, ate part of the vineyard, after which the vine produced better quality grapes. After his death, the bishop was named Saint Martin and became the guardian of wine and vineyards and the protector of cured alcoholics.
23. seven litres of wine a day
In the 15th century, patients in German hospitals were allowed to drink seven litres of wine a day
24. divide the smell
Tasters divide the smell of wine into aroma and bouquet. The aroma is a fresh, fruity scent of grapes that is felt in the wine, while bouquet is the part that comes from fermentation and aging. bouquet is much more complex and mature.