Fun facts about grapes and wine

Here’s some fun facts and bits of knowledge about grapes and wines that may come in handy someday on Jeopardy.

Pop culture facts:

  1. Celebrity-owned wineries have grown exponentially in the last few years, and more than 15 famous people including Fergie, Antonio Banderas, Jeff Gordon, Madonna and Dan Aykroyd all have wineries. Source
  2. Two popular movies, “Sideways” (2004) and “Bottle Shock” (1976 and a remake in 2008), are both entirely about wines and the wine industry. Source
  3. Movies Casablanca, Ratatouille, Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal and numerous James Bond movies feature short appearances of specific bottles of wine. Source

Health facts:

  1. Grapes contain small amounts of caffeic acid, which in some studies has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. Grapes grown under full sun contain higher levels of the acid than those  grown in more shaded areas. Source
  2. Both red and white grapes also contain flavonoids which help with many bodily functions, most notably improving memory function, lowering blood pressure and giving your immune system a boost. Source
  3. Wine, and grapes, can help those suffering from asthma. Grapes have been shown to naturally increase levels of moisture in a person’s lungs. Source

Wine Storage Facts

  1. The wreck of the Titanic holds the oldest wine cellar in the world. When the wine bottles were recovered from the depths of the ocean, most were found to still be intact after a number of years. Source
  2. Vibrations, such as from extremely loud noises or natural disasters, may be able to change wine flavor and smell. But as long as the vibrations aren’t persistent and great in strength, they shouldn’t affect the wine overly much. Source (Note: So don’t store your wine on top or next to your washer or dryer and it should be safe.)
  3. A little mold growing between the top of a cork and a wine bottle doesn’t mean you have to throw the wine away or even that the wine has gone bad or soured. It can actually mean the  wine is being properly stored in a humid climate. Source

And one more fun fact – stay tuned because the next post this week will feature a guest blogger.

Fun facts about wine

Some people have a vast knowledge of wine, others just enjoy the taste.

Care for Some Wine?

Wine bottles are displayed at a store in Napa Valley, Calif. Photo courtesy of Flopper on Flickr.

Here are 10 fun facts most people don’t consider when popping the cork on their favorite bottle of wine:

    1. One bottle of wine contains 2.4 pounds of grapes and 750 ml of liquid, which makes about four glasses of wine.
    2. A crop of newly-planted grape vines takes four to five years to grow before it can be harvested.
    3. Wines change color as they age. Specifically, as white wines age, they gain richness in color; as red wines age, they lose vibrancy and color.
    4. Approximately 330 million cases (12 bottles per case) of wine are consumed by U.S. citizens annually.
    5. According to Delish.com, the top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).
    6. More than 90 percent of all wines should be consumed within one year. Three notable wines that get better with age are: Châteaux of Bordeaux, (California) Cabernet Sauvignon and vintage port.
    7. Red wine represents 55 percent of restaurant wine sales.
    8. Oenophilia is a term for love of wine. Oenophobia is an intense fear, anxiety or hatred of wine.
    9. Wine contains more chemical compounds than blood.
    10. The day Americans drink the most wine: Thanksgiving.