More Fun With Wine

Wine! The nectar of the Gods. You all know how much I love my wines. I have been lucky enough to sample and enjoy many great wines from around the world. It’s hard to pick favorites because there are so many different styles and varieties. I probably love my wines as much, if not even more so, than I do good foods. You know good foods need good wines to make the meals complete. And just in case you didn’t already know this, if you are sharing wine with friends and family, it’s bad luck to open a bottle and not finish it. So, to hedge my bets, and to make sure bad luck does not come my way, I ALWAYS make sure to finish the bottle. 🙂

I thought I would share some wine facts with you today for no other reason than …. just because.

  1. What is VINTAGE wine?

Vintage is a word that comes from two French words – Vin for wine and age, for well, age. The vintage date always refers to the year the grapes were grown and harvested, not the date of the wine’s release. Historically, vintage dates were given to wines so the drinker would know how old the wines are. Later, the age of wines was a mark used to determine the quality of wines by the wine judges.

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2. What is the meaning of a Corked Wine?

It is said that wine is “corked” when certain fungi in the cork cells interact with minute amounts of chlorine and other chemical residues that remain in the corks or the wine itself. Corked wines are not dangerous or harmful, although they will give off unpleasant aromas and flavors to the wines. A corked wine will smell like wet dog. Fortunately, only a small amount of wines produced are actually ever corked. It is unpredictable and can happen with any wine, regardless of the price paid for the wine or the varietal.

3. Can smelling the wine cork tell you if the wine is good or bad?

Not really. Smelling the cork will only tell you whether or not the cork smells good or bad, not the wine itself. The only way to determine the quality of the wine is to smell and taste the wine. The quality of the wine really has nothing to do with the quality of the cork. This tradition actually started to make sure the label on the bottle and the wine inside matched.

4. What country drinks and consumes the most wines per capita?

Is it Italy? Is it France? Is it Spain? Is it the United States? The answer to all of these questions is NO. The little, tiny country of The Vatican, with only about 830 people who live in the Vatican State, is the correct answer. These people love their wines, and it is estimated that each person consumes about 16 gallons of wine per year. In the United states, the per capita consumption is about 3 gallons of wine per year. Who are they counting? I know I drink a lot more wine than that. 🙂 Granted, a lot of this wine consumption in The Vatican is due to the use of wine for religious purposes, but still … they drink a lot of wine over there.

Cheers! A Votre Sante! Salud! Slainte! However you say it, here’s a drink to your health.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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