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Did You Know? –Facts About Wine

  Did You Know–Wine Facts
  • According to a Nielson survey - 58% of Americans drink wine.

  • It’s not as hard as you may think to make wine - if you squeeze some fresh grape juice into a jar and keep the jar warm, after a period of time the liquid will turn into wine on its own.  This fact suggests that wine was most likely the first alcoholic drink, and was probably discovered by prehistoric groups. Historians believe that wine was discovered about 10,000 years ago by prehistoric groups.

  • The yeast in grapes is also used to make beer.  The skin of grapes produces a foam that contains yeast, which is a vital ingredient in the fermentation of honey, fruits, and barley, which are also ingredients in making a good beer.

  • The ancient Greeks loved wine so much that they even had a God of Wine, named Dionysus.

  • In California, wine tours are the second to Disneyland in terms of most popular tourist destination. Over 14 million people visit the California wine regions each year, and wine is grown in 48 out of the 58 counties of the state of California.

  • The Vatican City has the highest per capita wine consumption.

  • Thomas Jefferson helped stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents and was very partial to fine Bordeaux and Madeira.

  • Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.

  • The top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).

  • According to Trade Data and Analysis, in 2009 the 932 residents of the Vatican City consumed more than 70 liters (18.5 gallons) of wine.

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