Fun and Fascinating Facts about Wine

Did you know American wine drinkers consume more wine on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year[1]? Bottoms up!

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Some more fun facts about wine:

  1. There are 10,000 varieties of wine grapes worldwide[1].
  2. Grapes are the only fruit that are capable of producing the proper nutrition for the yeast on its skin and sugar in its juice to ferment naturally[2].
  3. Top wine producing countries are  Italy, France, Spain, United States and China[3].
  4. With 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[2].
  5. Dom Perignon was a monk when he invented Champagne[1].
  6. Pulling a cork from a wine bottle requires between 50 and 100 pounds of pulling force[4].
  7. A bottle of Champagne contains approximately 49 million bubbles[5].
  8. A standard glass of dry red or white wine contains around 110 calories. Sweeter wine has more calories[6].
  9. 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[2].
  10. A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does[7]. 

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