Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays and Halloween. Mulled wine is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with vanilla pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star aniseed, citrus, and sugar.
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It has popularity in German- and Dutch-speaking countries. Mulled wine there named Glühwein. Blueberry wine and cherry wine can be used instead of grape wine in these countries for preparing Glühwein.

In France, vin chaud ("hot wine") typically consists of cheap red wine mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon. It must be not too sweet.

In Bulgaria, it is called greyano vino (Bulgarian: греяно вино) ("heated wine"), and consists of red wine, peppercorn and honey. Sometimes apples and/or citrus fruits, such as lemon or oranges, can be added.

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The World’s Oldest Bottle And 24 Interesting Facts of Wine

other  %tages The World’s Oldest Bottle And 24 Interesting Facts of WineIn the whole of the Biblical Old Testament, only the Book of Jonah has no reference to the vine or wine.

Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at liberty to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was last recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.

The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It is on display at the town's Historisches Museum der Pfalz.

There is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease.

The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.”

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.” “Toasting” started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity.

A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine that person will open but never does.

Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men.

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.

Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

While wine offers certain medical benefits, it may slightly increase the risk of contracting certain kinds of cancer of the digestive tract, particularly the esophagus. There is also a slightly increased risk of breast cancer.

Red wine, typically more than white wine, has antioxidant properties and contains resveratrol, which seems to be important in the cardio-protective effects of wine.

California, New York, and Florida lead the United States in wine consumption.

California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy, and Spain.

Wine testers swirl their glass to encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas. Most don’t fill the glass more than a third full in order to allow aromas to collect and to not spill it during a swirl.

Most wine is served in a glass that has a gently curved rim at the top to help contain the aromas in the glass. The thinner the glass and the finer the rim, the better. A flaring, trumpet-shaped class dissipates the aromas.

When tasting wine, hold the wine in the mouth for a moment or two and then either swallow it or, preferably, spit it out, usually into a spittoon. A really good wine will have a long aftertaste, while an inferior wine will have a short aftertaste.

Wine grapes rank number one among the world’s fruit crops in terms of acres planted.

The Code of Hammurabi (1800 B.C.) includes a law that punishes fraudulent wine sellers: They were to be drowned in a river.

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25 Another Interesting Facts About Wine

other  %tages 25 Another Interesting Facts About WineWine for Orthodox Jews must be kosher, meaning it must not be touched at any point in its process (from picking of the grapes to bottling it) by either a “Gentile” or non-observant Jew and it must contain only kosher ingredients.

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.

In the Middle Ages, the greatest and most innovative winemakers of the day were monastic orders. The Cistercians and Benedictines were particularly apt winemakers, and they are said to have actually tasted the earth to discover how the soil changed from place to place. Their findings are still important today.

Wineskins were a common way to transport wine in the ancient world. Animal skins (usually pig) were cleaned and tanned and turned inside out so that the hairy side was in contact with the wine.

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.

Serving temperatures should be lower for white (45-50 degrees Fahrenheit) than for red wines (50-60 degrees Fahrenheit).

The prohibitionists, or the “drys,” in the early twentieth century fought to remove any mention of wine from school and college texts, including Greek and Roman literature. They also sought to remove medicinal wines from the United States Pharmacopoeia and to prove that Biblical praises of wine were for non-fermented grape juice.

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.

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.

Champagne, one of the world’s greatest sparkling wines, is popularly but erroneously thought to have been invented by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715). Although he did not invent or discover champagne, Continue reading

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25 Interesting Facts About Wine

other  %tages 25 Interesting Facts About WineWith age, red wines tend to lose color and will eventually end up a sort of brick red. On the other hand, white wines gain color, becoming golden and eventually brown-yellow.

All wines taste like fruit. Only rarely does a wine taste like grapes—for example, Muscat or Concord wines.

Because grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are picked during what is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a 1999 Australian wine could be six months older than a 1999.

Wine facilitated contacts between ancient cultures, providing the motive and means of trade.

For example, the Greeks traded wine for precious metals, and the Romans traded wine for slaves.

In ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine until maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only the pharaohs.

Archaeologists found grape pips (seeds), usually considered evidence of winemaking, dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The oldest pips of cultivated vines were found in Georgia from 7000-5000 B.C.

Winemaking is a significant theme in one of the oldest literary works known, the Epic of Gilgamesh. The divinity in charge of the wine was the goddess Siduri, whose depiction suggests a symbolic association between wine and fertility.

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Famous Wine Quotes 2

"It seems to me that there are three things that have changed in the wine world. First, the wine rich got richer and the wine poor got poorer. By which I mean that wine prices have polarized beyond belief. Twenty years ago I drank the greatest wines of the world all the time. (I was a wine merchant and a restaurateur, and it was my job, darn it.)" --- the late Lee Evans of Australia, 1996.

"Wine experts can’t resist making predictions. In 1990, wine lover Richard Nixon prophesied that the Chinese would someday match the French in the quality of their wines; this despite a Chinese carte des vins that featured sweet red wine and a grape called Cow’s Nipple. In the mid-1980s, a well-known New York wine merchant asserted that an $8 Cabernet from Chile was as good as Lafite, and auction prices would eventually reflect this little-known fact. Wine coolers too, as I recall, were expected to expose a vast new market to the pleasures of wine drinking. The coolers bombed, [a nice bottle of Lafite will set you back $250 or more], and Chilean cabernet is still mostly eight bucks." --- Stephen Tanzer, Forbes, May 6, 1996
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“Hemingway is great in that alone of living writers he has saturated his work with the memory of physical pleasure, with sunshine and salt water, with food, wine and making love and the remorse which is the shadow of that sun.” --- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, 1951.

"Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory, but so are those of the ballet or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living." --- Napoleon

On drinking the wines of Bordeaux: “The French drink them young, so a Socialist government won’t take them. The English drink them old, so they can show their friends cobwebs and dusty bottles. The American drink them exactly when they are ready, because they don’t know any better.” --- Anonymous

"For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red." --- Psalms 75:8

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California Wine Facts

California is the leader of wine producing state—making more than ninety percent of all U.S. wine—and also ranks first in wine consumption. Californians enjoy nearly one in five (eighteen percent) of the bottles consumed in the United States. If California were a nation, it would be the fourth leading wine-producing country in the world behind France, Italy and Spain. With this great culture of wine, there is significant interest in all aspects of the grape.

Wine is good for the waistline.

Wine is fat free and contains no cholesterol. A 4-ounce glass of table wine has about 80-100 calories.

Just how many grapes are in that bottle of wine? It takes about six to eight clusters, or about 600 to 800 wine grapes (2.4 lbs), to make a bottle of wine.

One barrel of wine contains 740 lbs of grapes, equivalent to 59 gallons or 24.6 cases of wine.

And how many bubbles in a bottle?

It is theorized there are approximately 44 million bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine/champagne.

What is on top in 2010?

Chardonnay, with 95,000 acres, is the wine type variety with the most acreage planted in California.

Cabernet Sauvignon was the second most planted winegrape in California with 76,800 total acres.

The red wine category for the second year in recent history edged out white wine by volume in food stores in 2010. Red held a 41.7 percent market share; white, a 41.0 percent share; and blush accounted for 17.4 percent share of case volume, according to ACNielsen.

Chardonnay remained the leading varietal wine, followed by Merlot, White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Together these four varietals made up over half of the wine sales in food stores.

Variety is the spice of life in the California State

Wine-type grapes are grown in 46 of California's 58 counties, covering 522,000 acres in 2010.

There are more than 107 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in California (distinct winegrape growing areas recognized by the U.S. government), a testament to the variety of microclimates in the state.
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California wines have benefited from the unique and varied mix of cultures that found new homes in the Golden State. From Spanish missionaries who established the state's first vineyards and wineries beginning in 1769, Continue reading

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