1. An Italian study argues that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all.
2. Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.
3. California, New York, and Florida lead the United States in wine consumption.
4. Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome.
5. It is traditional to first serve lighter wines and then move to heavier wines throughout a meal. Additionally, white wine should be served before red, younger wine before older, and dry wine before sweet.
6.The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year wine is bottled, because some wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked. Typically, a vintage wine is a product of a single year’s harvest. A non-vintage wine is a blend of wines from two or more years.
7. There is a right and wrong way to hold a wine glass. Wine glasses should always be held by the stem and not the bowl because the heat of the hand will raise the temperature of the wine.
8. Women are more susceptible to the effects of wine than men partly because they have less of an enzyme in the lining of the stomach that is needed to metabolize alcohol efficiently.
9. The combination of soil type, climate, degree of slope, and exposure to the sun constitutes the terroir of a vineyard and what makes each vineyard and each wine unique.
10. A standard glass of dry red or white wine contains around 110 calories. Sweeter wine has more calories.
(facts courtesy of randomhistory.com...)
Tessa- now we know the rough calorie estimate... drink up!