5 Facts You Never Knew About Wine

There is no doubt that wine is enjoyed all around the world, in many forms and variations. Here at VINEBOX, we love drinking it one glass at a time! But how much do you really know about wine? This trivia is sure to teach you a thing or two and liven up your next dinner party!

(1) Wine has been around a very (very!) long time

Wine is not a modern invention, but do you know just how far back it goes? Wine has been around since before there were written records, and some recent historical evidence has found traces of wine residue in jars dating to 9,000 B.C. The earliest evidence of wine production dates to Georgia (the Eurasian country not the state) 6000 B.C., and a full-fledged winery was found in a cave from 4100 B.C. in Armenia. The advanced nature of this ancient winery suggests that the technology had already been around for a long time.

(2) Nearly 100 grapes go into a single glass of wine

If you were to guess how many grapes it took to make your glass of wine, you would probably give a very low estimate. But in fact, it takes one cluster of grapes to make one glass of wine. There are about 75 to 100 grapes to a cluster (depending on the grape type). And then approximately four clusters go into a 750 milliliter bottle. That's 400 grapes for a single bottle of your favorite wine!

(3) European wines have American roots

In the 19th century, a pest infestation called Phylloxera destroyed a huge portion of vineyards in Europe, devastating the wine industry there. By the 1900s, over 70% of the vines in France were dead. Growers tried everything from pesticides and chemicals to placing toads under their vines. Finally, a solution was found by grafting American rootstock that was resistant to Phylloxera onto the European vines.

(4) Is your "Cabernet" really a Cabernet?!

Like any food or drink related industry, there are laws for the wine industry that regulate how "pure" a product has to be before it can be given a certain label. These laws vary from country to country, state to state, and even from wine to wine! For example, in California, a Napa Cabernet has to be at least 85% Cabernet to be sold under that label—but a California Cabernet only has to be 75% Cabernet!

(5) Think twice about storing your wine in the kitchen!

You probably wouldn’t think much of keeping your favorite wine on the kitchen counter, where it is close to the food and can be easily accessed. But the kitchen is actually one of the worst places you can keep wine! Your kitchen experiences more fluctuations in temperature than any other room in your home.  The ups and downs of the temperature as you turn the oven and other appliances on and off can negatively impact your wine. The best place to keep wine is a cool dark place, such as a closet far away from the kitchen.

So now you know ... and knowing is half the battle.  Don't forget to head over to VINEBOX to stock up on the best wines by the glass!

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