While many of us imbibe this alcoholic beverage once in a while (OK maybe more than that, wine is something that intimidates people, but only because they don’t know much about it or haven’t tasted much of it as they should.
Among other things, however, there are fun facts that many people don’t know about wine and maybe knowing a few amusing anecdotes or two about it can lessen your fear of it and maybe, just maybe by the time you finish reading this piece, you’ll be curious enough to go to your first wine tasting:
The world’s oldest person attributed her ripe old age (122) to a diet of olive oil, port wine and 1kg of chocolate per week.
Prince Charles uses wine to power his vintage Aston Martin.
In Vietnam, it’s possible to order a cobra blood wine from restaurant menus. The waiter will take a live cobra, kill it on the spot, drain the blood into a shot glass of rice wine, and top it off with the cobra’s still beating heart for you to gulp down. (Definitely not for the weak of heart!)
The Swedish former physical education teacher, Richard Juhlin has the best nose for wine (champagne specifically) and in famous blind tasting of 2003, arranged by Spectacle du Monde, he correctly identified 43 of 50 wines. The one who came in second correctly identified only four.
Chinese people who want to display their wealth drink expensive red wines mixed with Coca-Cola and Sprite to make it taste more palatable.