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More Fast Wine Facts

December 16, 2011 3:06 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
With what is sure to be a holiday party filled next few weeks, show up prepared and impress your family and friends with these quick wine facts!

  • The Sangiovese grape was named after a god. The name derives from the Latin sanguis       Jovis, translating to  “the blood of Jove.”
  • Bulls blood was previously used as a fining agent.
  • Australia has over 60 designated growing regions (denoted as GI- Geographical                  Indications).
  • To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour a third of the glass and       pause before filling the rest.
  • In the US, when a vintage is declared on a label, 95% of the grapes must have been picked that year.
  • Once home to the Wappo Indians, the name Napa Valley comes from the Wappo dialect and means plenty.
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed October as California’s wine month.
  • Napa Valley was named an American Viticulture Area in 1983, making it the first AVA in California.
  • Vienna is the only major city that is also a designated wine area.
  • 90% of wine made in the US is made in California.
  • Greece is home to more than 300 indigenous and not very well known grape varieties.
  • In South Africa, wineries are referred to as wine farms
  • Of more than 50 countries in Africa, only eight are wine producing
    • South Africa
    • Morocco
    • Algeria
    • Tunisia
    • Egypt
    • Libya
    • Zimbabwe
    • Kenya
  • When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in 79 A.D., it also buried more than 200 wine bars.
  • Muscadine is not a variation of Muscat. It is native to the United States & used as table grapes for eating and occasionally used for wine.
  • Screw caps seal 93% of New Zealand wines.
  • In 2008 celebrity wine sales  exceeded $50 million
  • Vines were originally planted in South Africa to produce wines and grapes intended to ward off scurvy amongst sailors along the spice route.
  • Winemaking and grape growing in Australia directly employed 28 000 people in 2006.
  • The first grape vines in Australia arrived with the first European settlers in 1788.
  • There are over 112,700 hectares of vineyards in South Africa.
  • Mexico is the oldest wine growing region in the Americas yet the average wine consumption per capita in Mexico is only two glasses a year.
  • South Africa exports around 400 million liters of wine a year.
  • Morello is the name given to the Maremmano horse’s fur and Morellino it’s the local name of Sangiovese in Tuscany’s Maremma.
  • French agronomist, Michel Pouget, is to thank for delicious Argentine Malbec. He took vines over in 1868 from Medoc.
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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)

Cheers