The grape and wine

10 Interesting Wine Facts

1. What country produces the most wine?

These 10 countries produce 80% of the wine on the planet! The top three alone produce about 50% of the world’s wine.
1. France
2. Italy
3. Spain
4. United States
5. Argentina
6. Australia
7. Germany
8. South Africa
9. Chile
10. Portugal

2. U.S.’s Wine Producers

The U.S. is home to more than 7400 wineries, but 30 of those represent 90% of the domestic wine sold in the U.S. In 2012.

3. Florida Wineries

Here in Florida we have 23 wineries. All Florida Wineries offer wine tasting, interesting winery tours and in most cases, special events and fun-filled festivals with live music to enhance a local day trip or weekend visit. Each Winery can showcase the art and history of wine-making in Florida and offer an educational experience for the entire family to enjoy. Visit TryFloridaWines.com
for locations, hours and more information.

4. Screw Caps

Back in the day, a screw cap on a wine bottle was a sure indicator of a cheap, not so good wine. Not anymore! Today, screw caps are replacing corks on more than just inexpensive bottles. As a matter of fact, screw caps seal 75 percent of Australian wines and 93 percent of New Zealand wines, and screw caps are gaining popularity around the globe, including in the U.S.

5. Drink to Your Health

Wine has a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of gum diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and heart diseases. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, there are 120 calories in a 5-ounce glass of wine (compared to 150 calories in a 12-ounce beer). Plus wine is a fat-free and cholesterol-free drink. Cheers!

6. Chardonnay’s Home

California has more Chardonnay grapes than anyplace else in the world. It has been the most successful white grape in the state, yielding a wine of tremendous character and magnificent flavor. It is also the top selling varietal in the United States.

7. Use Your Nose!

The term bouquet refers to the total scent of the wine. Aroma is the scent of the grapes. When wine tasters want to describe the bouquet and the aroma together, they use the term “nose.”

8. Give It A Swirl!

Wine buffs who swirl their drink in a glass do so to unleash the flavor by letting more oxygen into the wine. Oxygen can be considered a “frenemy” when it comes to wine. During the tasting/consuming of wine, oxygen is good because as soon as a wine encounters oxygen, it begins to break down, or “open up.” As the wine opens, it releases its aromas and softens, but if you let a wine sit in a glass exposed to oxygen for too long, say overnight, the oxygen will fully oxidize the wine leaving it with an unpleasant taste that can be flat and even bitter.

9. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes

Put in perspective: A single grape weighs around 0.0015 pounds, which means that a single bottle of wine contains the juices of 1,867 grapes!

10. Ideal Drinking Temperatures

Reds: about 65 degrees, or slightly chilled.
Whites: 45-55 degrees, or chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Champagne or sparkling wine: Completely chilled.   

Ric Reed
Ric Reed

Ric is the owner of Ric’s Wine Market in Lakeland, Florida. He was first introduced to wine as an assistant buyer for a specialty gourmet foods and wine store. To support his indulgences he opened Ric’s Wine Market. Look here for his column, Wine 101, where Ric will dive into the nuances of the world of wine. To learn more about Rick and Ric’s Wine Market, click on the link below.

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