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Wine Curiosities

Wine Curiosities

Wine curiosities

Does wine cause weight gain? What are tannings? Which are the world’s leaders in wine production? There are a lot of curiosities about wine, and in this section we try to show you some.

Does wine cause weight gain?

A 12 cl glass of white wine contains 100 calories. If the glass is of red wine instead, this may be 10 calories higher. We leave it up to you to decide if this is a lot…

What are the sulfites that I see written in wine labels?

They are a chemical compound that occurs naturally at low levels during wine fermentation. They are also normally added by the producer during fermentation to protect and preserve the wine's.

Do all wines improve with age? 

It all depends on the wine in question and your cellar conditions. Wine is one of the few foodstuffs that can improve with age but it does not apply to all wines. Why? because each wine contains its own special blend of acids and sugars and phenols and tannins that determine how a wine evolves over time.

Why smell a wine?

A wine's quality and charm can be found in its scent. Smelling offers (specially if you let the wine open up some time) a preview of what you will taste, not just then, but also if you let the wine sit for a while and opens up. If you want to understand the difference smelling the wine makes try holding your nose and drinking some wine. Then unhold your nose and drink again…

Is wine really healthy? 

In moderation the answer is yes. There is lots of scientific evidence that points out in this direction.Wine (mainly red wine) seems to reduce the risk of heart disease and slows down the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. By moderate consumption we mean 8 to 12 cl per day… though this may vary from person to person.

Are all Burdeaux wines expensive? 

In Bordeaux you can find everything: expensive and excellent wines… cheap and terrible, but also cheap and good. There are no less than 13,000 producers in Bordeaux, a number which speaks for itself about diversity!

What are tannings?  

Of vegetable origin and found in the seeds and stems of grapes, and also in the oak wood of the barrels. Tannins are also very clear in tea. Tannins are important for wines (mainly red) as they help wines in long aging. Quality wines see the level of tanning reduce as they age, and in the process they mellow and develop character. In some cases wine present too many and too astringent tannins, which translate in poor wines.

Why launch a boat with Champagne?

Vikings used to launch their boats with blood, thinking this would bring luck in war. In Mediterranean culture the tradition was to throw wine on the boat, as this would keep Poseidon happy


How many grapes are needed to get a bottle of wine?

It normally takes 1 kg of fruit to get a 75 cl bottle.

Two plants in one? 

In the late 1800s the phylloxera epidemic destroyed most of the vineyards in Europe. An inmense crisis took place and the whole future of wine was questioned by the plague. The use of resistant American rootstock was the solution found to guard against Phylloxera… this implies that in one plant 2 elements co-exist, the rootstock (resitant to phylloxera) and the visible part.

About countries

Which are the world’s leaders in wine production? 

Spain has the largest vineyard in the world, but France produces more wine as their vines are more productive (there are more vines per hectare planted in France than in Spain).

Where is wine most drunk?

France. The French drink in average 50 liters per year, a bit more than a 75cl per week. In Spain consumption is around 25 liters per year. In both countries consumption drops… A trend in most “old world” countries.

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