Interesting facts about wine!
June 1, 2010
Well obviously there are numerous facts about wine… but are any of them really all that intresting??? Indeed the google search of Interesting facts about wine really only brings up mostly just facts… which is for the most point simply stuff that is obvious! So the point of this Blog is to wade through the list of facts, so that we can put the more interesting ones on display! This way the next time you are having a conversation about wine you can actually uses the phrase- “Interesting fact about wine!”,
Without having to settle for the less riveting “Fact about wine!”.
So number one- when a wine is young, the nose is referred to as the aroma, but if the wine is older its generraly called a bouquet!
Number 2- Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. (Come to think of it when there was lead in the pipes in Galway i did notice sweet and succulent notes!) Poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire! Well i find it interesting… maybe thats becasue is studied classics….
Number 3 (makes number 2 that little bit more interesting… maybe…)-The prohibitionists, or the “drys,” in the early twentieth century fought to remove any mention of wine from school and college texts, including Greek and Roman literature. They also sought to remove medicinal wines from the United States Pharmacopoeia and to prove that Biblical praises of wine were for unfermented grape juice…. riiiiggghhhttt…..
And lastly at number 4 (obviously there are way more than four interesting facts out there about wine, so feel free to leave some in the comments box!)- Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine… This is useful for any number of reasons, million dollar question on who wants to be a millionaire… etc… but i just find it ridiculous that anyone could have an INTENSE hatred of wine- I get the fear, because that’s what a phobia is, an irratioanal fear of something harmless! But to hate wine… intensely?? well thats a new one!
Anyways there’s my top 4 interesting facts about wine that should stand you well at the next fancy pancy dinner party you attend! Feel free to add some of your favourites too!