A glass of wine (5 ounces) contains between 100 and 125 calories.
There are over 10,000 different grape varieties in the world.
Napa Valley has replaced Disneyland as the #1 tourist attraction in California.
The strange indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt. No one seems to know what purpose it serves other than that it has now become tradition.
Very large wine bottles are named after biblical kings. A Methusalah holds 8 bottles, a Salamazar 12 bottles, a Balthazar 16 bottles and the largest of all, holding 20 bottles, is a Nebuchadnezzar.
Decanting a wine serves two purposes. First, with older wines it removes the sediment that may have collected through the years at the bottom of the bottle. Sediment, though harmless, can be unsightly and slightly unpleasant in the mouth. Decanting also serves to aerate a wine, allowing it to open up and reveal flavors that were hidden while cooped up inside the corked bottle. The simple act of pouring the wine from the bottle into the decanter allows the wine to “breathe”.
The United States ranks 4th is wine production behind Italy, France and Spain.
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” – Benjamin Franklin