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It is said that a glass of wine a day keeps the cardiologist away. And we have a special wine day to celebrate the favorite drink. But who says we needed a reason to gurgle down a glass of a zesty Bordeaux, anyway?
The idea behind the National Drink Wine Day (annually on 18th February ) is to spread the love and health benefits of wine. It is interesting to find that wine has played an important role in history, religion and relationships. So this is a happy day for every true wine lover (like we need an excuse!).
There are at least 14 other days when the wine is “official business.” – day of the mulled wine, chardonnay, sauvignon, etc. All types, all kinds.
Although I am not really wine addicted lady, I truly give respect to this divine drink and its benefits. And I am curious about the interesting facts about wine.
For example, in ancient Greece, the dinner host was supposed to take the first sip of wine just to assure guests that the wine wasn’t poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health” appeared.
“Toasting” as a ritual started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition. They invented dropping a piece of toasted (actually very dry) bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity.(there’s still a special dried Italian bread which can be bought from the local pastries and vineyards in Italy).
Drinking wine is a whole ritual. And as such, there are some basic drinking wine tips. I’m sure they might be useful if you are a wine beginner.
Drinking Wine Tips
- Swirling the glass when tasting wine is something that should be done. It is to help the will release all of its powerful aromas. In fact, don’t fill the glass more than a third full. This way aromas stay collected and the liquid won’t spill during a swirl.
- A really good wine will have a long after-taste while an inferior wine will have a short aftertaste. (if you can recognize that specific, let’s say, fruity raspberry taste after a sip, it’s good wine)
- The worst place to store wine is usually in the kitchen. Or any too warm place as a whole. Refrigerators are not satisfactory for storing wine either. Even at their warmest setting, they’re too cold.
- Red wine typically is served with red meat, white wine with white meat and fish. Leave sweet wine for desserts.
- 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 which will spoil the original taste.
- This is important – not all wines improve with time!
- Most European wines are named after their geographical region origins. Such as Bordeaux wine (produced in the Bordeaux region of France). Bordeaux wines are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and to a much lesser extent Carmenere and Malbec.
- On the other hand, non-European wines have the name of the grape – for example, Cabernet Sauvignon from California.
- Women get drunk faster from wine because of their ‘water to fat’ ratio. Fat DOES NOT absorb any alcohol – which leads to higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC). And that means easier getting drunk and painful hangover.
- Wine Doesn’t Make You Fat. A standard glass of dry red or white wine contains around 110 calories. Sweeter wine has more calories, of course.
- Sweeter wines lead to headache in the next morning (because of the mix between alcohol and higher sugar content)
What to Do on the National Drink Wine Day?
- Throw a wine tasting party – dishes full of smelly cheese and variety of wine bottles.
- Buy and open that bottle you’ve been eyeing since ages (but never dare to spend so much on it, lol!)
- Make a special gift to the dearest wine lover in your life.
- Make a special wine gift to yourself – show the world you are a truly stylish wine person!
- Spent some hours on a cool DIY wine project on reusing a wine (of course empty!) bottle
- Spent the night in a fancy Enoteca with some of your BFFs
- Organize a special wine tour weekend escape.
- Educate yourself – have you ever been wondering about the different types of wine or just get know some interesting facts about wine.
- Get finally a special place to store your wine bottles
- Why not start collecting interesting wines from across the country and worldwide?
- Surprise your family with new super cool wine recipes for the special Drink Wine Day
Starting with some interesting facts about wine:
- 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. Wow, head to the winery shop!
- There is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease (I said moderate so don’t drink more than 1 or 2 glasses of wine per day, anyway)
- California, New York, and Florida lead the United States in wine consumption
- When wine and food are paired together, they have “synergy” or a third flavor beyond what either the food or drink offers alone (https://twitter.com/tornranch)
- One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes
- The Germans invented Eiswein or wine that is made from frozen grapes
- A crop of newly planted grape vines takes four to five years to grow before it can be harvested.
- Red wine represents 55% of restaurant wine sales.
- The first clear health benefit of wine was that it saved growing populations from the diseases caused by bad water
- In California, wine country tours are second only to Disneyland in popularity with tourists
Let’s raise a glass to the French for the hard work they’ve put into making us more lovable and celebrating the special wine day. Santé!