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My sense of smell gradually began to fade seven or eight years ago to the present, where I refer to my nose as strictly ornamental. I’ve envied those who claim they can detect wine aromas of leather, oak, vanilla, tobacco etc. Somehow I taste and enjoy a variety of wines even in this limited olfactory capacity.
In fact, I’ve been a huge fan of wine for decades. Here are some things I’ve learned about it. Most of these are common knowledge to the connoisseur, but hey, I’m just a fan, so to me they’re interesting and knowing them somehow enhances the experience:
- There are three types of aromas in wine, 100 most common aromas and up to 1,000 aroma compounds!!
- The average alcohol content is 12%.
- The color of red wine comes from the grape skins.
- Its health benefit comes from the tannin.
- Wineglasses have a stem to be held so hand temperature won’t affect the wine.
- A glass of wine contains so many antioxidants that you’d have to drink seven glasses of orange juice or 20 glasses of apple juice to equal it.
- France, Spain, Italy and California are the largest producers of wine.
- “Toasting” originated in ancient Rome when they dropped a piece of toasted bread into the glass to soften the unsavory taste.
- Wine is best served at 62° to 68°.
- And last but not least, in early Roman times a husband could kill his wife if he caught her drinking wine. Women were not allowed to do so.
We’ve come a long way, haven’t we, ladies?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll settle in with my Chihuahua for a splash of a Chianti. I trust it smells as good as it tastes!
Authored by Ruby … get to know more about her and her fine time with wine! And check out her thoughts on this stale interior decorating trend, this stellar fashion trend, bedroom eyes and a bad boy in tights!