It doesn’t take a whole lot to make wine, but it takes a special sensitive environment to make great wine. Have you ever had wine in Egypt? I have. It was as if someone had opened a jam jar and dumped it into a glass. During prohibition, grape juice mix was sold with a labeled warning that stated, “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water do not store jar because it will turn into wine.”
You can make wine anywhere, and not all wine is even meant for consumption. Prince Charles uses wine to power up his vintage Aston Martin. Vineyards are highly sensitive to their environment, and California seems to have the sweetest spot for grape growing in the world. The proof is in the statistics.
If California was its own country it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world following France, Italy, and Spain. Wine drinkers everywhere pray the ‘big one’ won't hit California in their lifetime. If our fabulous vineyards dropped into the sea the world would truly suffer.
On a blind taste test in France, French wine experts judged a myriad of wines from California and France. Without fail California Pinots, Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blancs, and Chardonnays were voted the best. Viva la Californie!
Most wine drinkers know once a bottle of wine peaks it begins its steady decline becoming less and less palatable. Those who drink wine on a regular basis typically don’t have rotting corpses hanging out on their wine racks. But did you know the hugh and antioxidants are in the rind?
Wines are red only because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are fermented sans skins. This is why red wine is more antioxidant than white. It’s also why you sometimes get a wonderful white Pinot, albeit confusing.
The world’s oldest bottle of wine, still intact far beyond its peak date, dates back to A.D. 325. It was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It’s on display at the town’s Historisches Museum der Pfalz. Now there’s a famous corpse.
Believe it or not (believe it) the art of fine winemaking stemmed from divine intervention. Twelfth-century monks to be exact. In fact, monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux are still making wine in California today.
Although wine was already being made in Europe during Roman times the first people to develop French vineyards were monks from the eleven hundreds. Monastic wine tours are some of the most popular tours in France.
The most famous champagne is named after a monk, Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715 AD). An advocate of everything organic, Dom Perignon improved on viticulture and developed techniques that are still used now.
Benisse ce vin.
An Italian study showed women who drank two glasses a day have a higher sex drive. In men wine actually increases testosterone circulating in their bodies by inhibiting the way they excrete the hormone.
Ladies, remember being told to watch out when it comes to drinking calories? Not to worry. The risk of becoming overweight was thirty percent lower in women who drank two alcoholic beverages a day.
There, it’s settled. Wine remains the most potent aphrodisiac to keep our population going. Cheers!
No, the French didn’t invent wine. Le sigh.
While scientists have dated fossilized grape vines at sixty million years old, the oldest archeological evidence of wine was found in modern day Iran. What is widely considered the best evidence of winemaking is now referred to as, The Haji Firuz Tepe wine jar.
According to the ancient Greeks their god, Dionysus invented wine while living in Mount Nysa in an attempt to seduce the lovely nymphs surrounding him. Guessing those were his college years? Not a surprising action from the son of Zeus.
There are conflicting theories to who and what actually invented wine. I’m going to throw out the suggestion it was more discovered than invented. From Greek mythology to biblical stories let’s just say wine remains an enigma both surreal and wonderful.
Egyptians, Persians, and Saxons all pledged honor with a cup of spirits. Toasting was so important to the Romans the Senate made it law all diners drink to Emperor Augustus before each and every meal. In ancient times up until today the toast is and has been a third person expression of goodwill and honor.
It’s been speculated toasting began as a sacrificial libation to the gods, back when blood or wine were offered in exchange for a wish granted or prayer answered. Perhaps this is why we say things like, “To a long life.” and “To your health.”
The term toast came into fashion during the seventeenth century when flavoring drinks with spiced toast was popular. A toast has always been a show of reverence and appreciation.
So raise your glasses!
“May you live as long as you want, and never want for as long as you live.”
The best outing to slow down and take in that overdue dose of rest and relaxation is the beach, a good book, and a bottle of wine. Whether you’re traveling to the coast, or truckin to your final beachy destination be sure to pack one of these tried and true combos. Just click on the links below and sadal up!
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson is the perfect match for this sweet smoky Pinot. It boasts a well balanced acidity allowing for ripe fruit to tease your senses. Devour the now famous true story of how journalist and public figure, Jon Ronson had his identity stolen and his hell raising laugh out-loud adventures getting it back.
Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson pairs deliciously with this cool beach wine. Take Lawson on your White Zinfandel revolution with this crisp zanny rosé made from one hundred percent old vine grapes. This fantastic memoir is gut bustingly hilarious. The cover alone makes it a fantastic beach read because the demented taxidermied racoon in front of your face looks awesome.
Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid is as exotic and poetic as a 2015 Blackbird Dissonance Sauvignon Blanc. This wine lingers on the palate with bright acidity exuding mysterious aromas of peach, apple, and white flowers. Challenge your palate while Mohsin Hamid challenges the concept of love and borders.
With this no hassle bargain to fun and exciting books and wine you’re just mere clicks away from a perfect summer!
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