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Wine – 101 Truths, Myths and Legends

    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    A famous Italian wine called Est! Est!! Est!!! got its name from a well- known legend. In medieval times, a Catholic bishop was on his way to Rome, and decided to send his servant ahead of him to find inns that had particularly good wine for the bishop to enjoy. He told his servant to mark the doors of inns with good wine with the word ‘Est!’ meaning ‘It is’ or ‘This is it’. When he got to a village called Montefiascone near Lake Bolsena, north of Rome, the servant was so impressed with the local wine being served at an inn there that he enthusiastically marked on the door ‘Est! Est!! Est!!!
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    No one really knows when wine was first discovered, but one story is that over 8,000 years ago a woman in the harem of a Persian king tried to commit suicide by consuming fermented grape juice which, at the time, was believed to be poisonous. When she subsequently felt more alive and effervescent than she did before, wine was born!
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    The metal labels only recorded the type of wines and the five most popular were - Claret, Hock, Sack, Port, and Madeira - which summed up the drinking habits of the British upper classes
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Benjamin Franklin on contemplating his vineyard said, “We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Robert Mondavi was always serious but eloquent about wine; he summed up his feelings as, “Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends, it’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art, it’s culture, it’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    .C. Fields the great comedian could not stand a day without wine. Here are some of his sayings, “I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”; “What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?”; “I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink; that’s the one thing I’m indebted to her for,” and “Once, in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days.”
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    ‘Sex’ is a sparkling rosé from Larry Mawby, a Californian winemaker, and is a top seller in the USA.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    His Niebaum-Coppola wine, with ‘Rubicon’
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    While the actor Johnny Depp was engaged to be married to the actress Winona Ryder, he had his arm tattooed with the words ‘Winona Forever’. However, when they subsequently split up he had the tattoo altered to read ‘Wino Forever’.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Companies in the USA often tried to find ways around Prohibition. For example, some grape juice producers added a label to their product which read ‘CAUTION! Do not add this grape juice to five gallons of water and five pounds of sugar, with yeast, or it will ferment into wine, which is illegal’.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    The well-known Rhone wine producer, Chapoutier, was the first to put Braille on its labels, starting in 1994.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    American Napa wine ‘Screaming Eagle’. This very rare, and very expensive, wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes only produces a maximum of 800 cases per year.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    The famous Californian wine, Opus One, founded jointly by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, was originally going to be called Gemini, until it was discovered that this was also the name of the biggest gay newspaper in San Francisco
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Vega Sicilia is the most expensive Spanish wine and comes from the Ribera del Duero region in Castilla y Leon. It is often called Spain’s first growth and was started by Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves in 1859. The estate was also the first to introduce French grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) into Spain and all cuvees now include some of these French grapes blended with Tempranillo.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Heinrich Medicus, an American, holds the world record for champagne cork distance travelled of 177 feet 9 inches. He achieved this feat in New York in the year 1988.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    95% of supermarket wines are drunk within two years of purchase.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    They all had problems - not biodegradable, could impart a plastic taste, difficult to extract from bottle, and impossible to put back, and let too much air in.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Sixty-five per cent of all wine corks come from Portugal, 30% from Spain and 5% from Italy.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    Winston Churchill loved Pol Roger Champagne - he first drank it in 1908 and was totally loyal to it until his death 57 years later. He often drank three or more bottles a day but still functioned as a leader! He also named his favourite racehorse Pol Roger.
    Lena Krutovahas quoted2 years ago
    average pressure of CO2 in a champagne bottle at 5.5 atmospheres
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