"Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man." - Ambrose Bierce

wine knowledge

Did you know that wine has a unique and colorful history? Take a look at some of these wine facts to learn more.

  • There are approximately 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne.
  • In ancient Babylon, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar, this period of free mead was called the "honey month," or what we now call the "honeymoon."
  • Wine was probably first made about 5,500 years ago.
  • You should swirl the wine in your wine glass to invite oxygen inside the glass, which allows the aromas to escape.
  • A bottle of wine contains about 2.8 lbs. of grapes.
  • The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.
  • The color of wine is not due to the color of the grape used, but rather to the length of time that the grape skins remain in the juice.
  • The world's oldest bottle of wine was unearthed in Germany and dates from approximately 325 A.D.
  • In ancient times, wine was a good substitute for bad drinking water.
  • Some small quantities of port wines are still produced by foot treading of grapes.

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