Amazing Wine Facts!
National Wine Day was this past Wednesday (May 25th) and that inspired us to look up facts about wine. Some of the facts that we found were so interesting, we decided to type up a little blog post to share five facts with you!
- The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome where they used this method to make sure no one is trying to poison the other (bumping glasses makes the drink spill from one cup to the other).
Speaking of Rome – In ancient Rome it was forbidden for women to drink wine. If a husband found his wife drinking wine he would be allowed, by law, to kill her. We’re certainly glad things have changed!
During the prohibition period in the United States, grape juice concentrate manufacturers took advantage of the big drinking lust Americans had and put a (very sneaky) warning sticker on the bottles stating “After you mix the concentrate with water, please do not keep the mix in a barrel for 20 days – as it will turn into wine.”
Antioxidants in red wine called “flavonoids” have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increasing the production of good cholesterol.
Polyphenols in wine (also found in tea, nuts, berries, and cocoa) can improve your memory and may also decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bonus Fact: The phobia of wine is called Oenophobia. It’s rare, but people who have this phobia have an extremely difficult time being around wine… which just sounds awful to us!