Some Noses Know

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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: 

  1. There are three types of aromas in wine, 100 most common aromas and up to 1,000 aroma compounds!!
  2. The average alcohol content is 12%. 
  3. The color of red wine comes from the grape skins. 
  4. Its health benefit comes from the tannin. 
  5. Wineglasses have a stem to be held so hand temperature won’t affect the wine. 
  6. 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.
  7. France, Spain, Italy and California are the largest producers of wine.
  8. “Toasting” originated in ancient Rome when they dropped a piece of toasted bread into the glass to soften the unsavory taste. 
  9. Wine is best served at 62° to 68°.
  10. 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!

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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 trendbedroom eyes and a bad boy in tights!

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