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15 cool things about wine

November 30, 2010 2:28 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel

Wine can amaze, astound or frustrate the average wine drinker.

We often use twitter to spread unique facts and figures. People love trivia and people love wine, so it goes without saying that people love wine trivia – especially after a few glasses of wine.

So over the last year the creative team at Wine Portfolio has gathered some really interesting tidbits about the world of wine. And since I didn’t finish my research for my planned blog today, I thought I would lay out some of my favorite factoids about wine. It isn’t being lazy – honestly 🙂

  1. By law you are not allowed to swallow wine during a wine tasting in Utah
  2. Christopher Columbus brought Sherry on his voyage to the New World
  3. And Magellan spent more money on Sherry than on weapons as he bought provisions for his journey (drink wine & not make war is a very good motto)
  4. That said, the U.S. Marines’ first recruiting station was in a bar
  5. Red wine can only be produced from red grapes but white wine can be produced from either red or white grapes
  6. There are approximately 20 million acres of grapes planted across the world making grapes the world’s number one fruit crop
  7. One acre of grapevines equals about 800 gallons of wine, therefore there is a lot of wine in the world (note my mathematical genius)
  8. Being intoxicated had desirable spiritual significance to the ancient Egyptians so they often gave their children names like “How Drunk is Cheops” or “How Intoxicated is Hathor” (or just “Jody”)
  9. The Manhattan cocktail (whiskey and sweet vermouth) was invented by Winston Churchill’s mother (he was responsible for his iconic love of cigars though)
  10. Alcohol is considered the only proper payment for teachers among the Lepcha people of Tibet (which is the only place in the world where I would consider teaching as a career)
  11. Methyphobia is fear of alcohol (which I don’t have), whereas dipsomania is an abnormal craving for alcohol (which I may have, depending upon your definition of abnormal)
  12. President Thomas Jefferson was the United States first wine expert and President Lincoln once owned a liquor store
  13. A manuscript called Decretum was written over 1000 years ago in a German Monastery to outline the punishment for Monks who were drunk (yeat another reason why I never felt a call to the monastery)
  14. The medieval Irish believed that fairies like good wine, so every night royalty would leave a keg of wine out for the fairies and it was always drunk by the next morning
  15. The world’s leading cork producer is Portugal (which is also the leading producer of people who are Portuguese)