Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wine'ing Wednesdays: Trivia For Your Next Tasting

Champagne Toppers – A bar bet you are guaranteed to win!
There are only a few companies that manufacture the ‘muselets’ (the wire cage’ that tops champagne). Each cage is sealed by twisting the wire exactly 3 full turns and therefore can be removed by exactly 6 half turns any and every time.

Clinking Custom
“It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own.”
Who’s drinking?
The top 3 wine consuming states are California, New York and Florida. The top 3 wine producing states are California, Oregon and New York. The top 3 wine consuming countries  per capita are Italy, France and Switzerland (U.S. is ranked #10).

Women & Wine
The first American women to receive the title ‘Master Sommelier’ by England’s Court of Master Sommeliers was Madeline Triffon in 1987 who was working at Detroit's London Chop House. It wasn’t until 1992 a second American women would be honored with the same title.

One standard acre of grapevines
= Produces 5 tons of grapes
=3,985 bottles of wine
=797 gallons of wine
=15,940 glasses of wine
=13.5 barrels of wine

One barrel of wine
=1,180 glasses of wine
=24.6 cases of wine

One Case of Wine
=30 pounds of grapes
=48 glasses of wine
=12 bottles of wine

One bottle of wine
=2.4 pounds of grapes
=4 glasses of wine
= One happy blogger


Meghan M... said...

Interesting stuff! I guess I have figured out a way to get free drinks after all! Loved the clinking glasses business. Reminded me of "The Princess Bride". As always...a delight to read!

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