This past week has been an extremely busy, hectic week, and next week is going to be even busier, since we are getting the house decorated for Christmas, cooking Thanksgiving dinner and hosting our annual holiday party all this week. So since I am going to be very crazed this week, I thought I would share some fun facts about wine with you for a change of pace. As you know, I am a firm believer that wine will always make things better.
1. Did you know – Newly planted vines take about 3 years to produce grapes for wine? The first years of the life of a vine are concentrated on creating a solid trunk and a deep healthy root system. Then the grapes start to grow, and it will take anywhere from 3-5 years for enough grapes to grow to start producing wine.
2. Did you know – The cork used to cork wine bottles is harvested from cork oak trees, and can only be harvested once every 9 years? It also takes between 25-30 years of tree growth before the bark is ready to be harvested for the first time.
3. Did you know – Spanish Sherry is always labeled with the name of the wine in 3 languages? Every bottle of Spanish Sherry carries the name Jerez-Xerex-Sherry, which is Spanish, French and English. Jerez also refers to the region in Southern Spain where the Sherry was produced.
4. Did you know – A bottle of wine is about 80-85% water and about 13.5% alcohol (depending on the wine)? The remainder of the bottle is composed of the chemical compounds that account for most of the flavor and color of the wine.
If you did not know these fun facts before, now you do. Now, go enjoy on glass or two on me. Cheers!