RiverBlogger has done some research and found 10 really interesting facts about wine. Did you know that…
- South Africa is the seventh largest wine producer in the world.
- Not all wines improve with age – in fact, 90% of all wines should be consumed within one year.
- Bouquet refers to the total scent of a wine. Aroma is the scent of the grapes.
- When wine makers want to describe the scent of the wine and the grapes together, they refer to it as the nose.
- The vintage that is usually seen on a bottle of wine refers to the year that the grapes used to make the wine were harvested.
- Histamine is found in the skin of grapes and is the culprit in wines which cause headaches. Red wine will cause headaches more easily as the wine has spent more time in contact with the grape skins.
- A wine’s finish refers to the aftertaste of the wine.
- Apparently the Irish believe that fairies are very fond of good wine. In the olden days royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was all gone in the morning. (I bet we have a lot of fairies in South Africa then!)
- Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it might lose some of its fruity flavour.
- Wine is a fat free and cholesterol free drink. Cheers to that!