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Interesting facts about wine - Part I
Wine has as much calories as the same quantity of grape juice.

During the ageing process, red wines become lighter and white wines become darker.

The average number of grape berries necessary for producing a bottle of wine is 600.

In the American State of Utah, wine must not be swallowed while tasting.

Wine producers in France did not use corks until mid 17 th century. They used cloths soaked in oil instead to close the bottles.

The first Champaign producers considered the bubbles in Champaign to be a very undesirable effect that should be avoided.

While making a toast, the Englishmen use the word toast (which means roast bread). The origin of such a toast is in ancient Rome where a piece of roast bread was put into wine.

People in some geographic areas still plant roses in the edges of vineyards so that the roses could first respond to mould, parasites and diseases, before they attack the vineyard.

The legend says that the ideal glasses for Champaign are as big as the breasts of
Mary Antoinette.

One of wine collectors bought wine that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson for six-digit amount. Then it exhibited it in his home in a specially lit box. The heat dried out the cork and the collector in that way got the most expensive bottle of wine vinegar.

Thousands of grape varieties all around the world belonging to the species group
Vitis share the same ancestor in muscadines (Muscadinia) from the times when continental masses were still a super-continent (the so-called Pangea). The reason why muscadines became a separate species lies in the fact that they have two chromosomes less than all other varieties of the species Vitis. During the 50-ies, muscadines were found in India growing as a wild species.

The phrase "in vino veritas" (truth is in wine) originates from
Pliny the Elder who died during the eruption of the Vesuvius that devastated Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The varieties
pinot blanc (bianco), pinot (grigio) and pinot meunier are genetic mutations of the variety pinot noir.

Sparkling wines are of a weaker quality and they are produced according to the so-called Charmot method, industrial process identical to those used in the production of carbonated drinks. The top quality sparkling wines are the result of an intensive work according to the traditional method where CO2 is a natural product of fermentation.

The monk
Dom Perignon did not "invent" Champaign and he had never said "I drink stars". Sparkling wines had been produced in the Champaign region long before he was born. This popular myth was just a marketing trick.

The reason why some people have a headache due to wine consumption and some not has not been identified yet. Sulphites are to be blamed (generally they have an impact on people suffering from specific allergies),
histamines, taurine amino acids, tannins, and ethanol itself. Tannins are natural ingredients of grapes, but they are also extracted from oak barrels in which wine is ageing. Darker drinks like bourbon reputable for causing serious hangovers also age in oak vessels, the only place where distilled (and thus cleaner) liquid may actually "catch" the ingredients that cause hangover. A typical white wine whose results consumers usually complain about (which is unusual in comparison with red wines) is Chardonnay white wine that has probably aged in oak barrels.

In 121 BC, Italy had a good harvesting season designating the end of Greek domination in wine production in the ancient times.

In Germany, in the
Speyer Museum there is a bottle that is 1600 years old.

In the Middle Ages, wine was also used as money.

The Egyptians considered wine to be the present of God Osiris.

Champaign is the best between its fourth and tenth year of age.

People in Armenia believe that the first vineyards on the Earth were planted by Noah in their country.

Louis Pasteur
was the first to determine the real nature of fermentation.

The expression
Blanc de Noir refers to white wines obtained from red / black grapes.

In 1870, phylloxera was accidentally brought from the USA to Europe (a dangerous vine disease caused by insect phylloxera) and practically destroyed all European vineyards. As a result, all the European vineyards had to be planted again by grafting vine on the American base that was resistant to phylloxera.

The soil in the well-known vineyard
Clos de Vougeot (in the French region Burgundy) is considered to be so precious that the vineyard workers must clean their shoes from soil before they go home.

According to Persian legend, wine was "discovered" in today's Iran when a wife of shah called Jamshid accidentally drank some spoilt juice made of grapes, got a liitle intoxicated and she liked it!

During the Prohibition in the USA, the product called
Grape Brick (brick made of grapes) was sold to thousands of buyers. A package of yeast and a legal warning was attached to the brick saying "Do not add yeast because it will cause fermentation ".

Sometimes, wine was often prescribed as medicine for treating bronchitis and influenza.