Monday, March 16, 2009

Random Trivia

Wine Trivia Facts

  1. According to scientist Bill Lembeck there are approximately 49 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.
  2. The word Alcohol is derived from the Arabic language (al kohl or alkuhl). Consider the fact that a large proportion of the Arabic population is forbidden from consuming alcohol for religious reasons.
  3. The largest cork tree in the world is known as 'The Whistler Tree'. This tree is located in the Alentejo region of Portugal and averages over 1 ton of raw cork per harvest. Enough to cork 100,000 bottles of wine.
  4. The average number of grapes it takes to produce a bottle of wine: 600.
  5. Dom Perignon did not invent champagne, it had existed for several years. What he did invent was the mushroom shaped cork and wire cage that allowed the sparkling wine to be safely bottled. Previous attempts had all ended with popped corks.
  6. In Fairbanks, Alaska, it's illegal to feed a moose any alcohol beverage
  7. The first commercial U.S. winery, established in 1823, was located in Missouri.
  8. During prohibition, an interesting product called the 'Grape Brick' was sold to thousands of wine-parched households across America. Attached to the 'brick' of dried and pressed winegrape concentrate was a packet of yeast, and the stern warning, "Do not add yeast or fermentation will result."
  9. The corkscrew was invented in 1860
  10. Most popular varietals in Napa Valley (in order of popularity)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel

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