Fun Facts About Wine: Fun Trivia for Your Next Wine Tasting Event

Are you wondering how to get the conversations flowing at your next wine tasting event?


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A great way to get conversations started at a wine party is to prepare a list of fun facts. This creates a light conversation. Your wine enthusiast guests will surely pitch in, and the newcomers will find it interesting.


Read on for some random fun facts about wine, and use them at your next wine tasting event.

1. The term "aroma" is used to refer to the smell of young wine. The smell of a more mature wine is called "bouquet".
2. Ancient Greek party hosts would take the first sip of wine to show their guests that the drink is not poisoned.
3. The practice of "toasting" was started by ancient Romans. They would drop a piece of toasted bread into their glass of wine to buffer too much acidity and unpleasant tastes.
4. In the Old Testament of the Bible, only one book made no reference to wine. That is the Book of Jonas.
5. Red wines get their color from the grape skins which are included in the fermentation. White wines are white because the skins are removed before they are fermented.
6. The world’s oldest bottle of wine was found inside a Roman sarcophaguse, located near Speyer, Germany. The wine dates back to A.D. 325 and is now displayed at the town's Historisches Museum der Pfalz.
7. The world's top 10 wine producers are: Italy, France, Spain, United States, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Chile and Portugal.
8. After the US Constitution was drafted, the 55 men who wrote it celebrated with a party. The alcohol bill included 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Bordeaux, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and seven bowls of alcohol punch that were said to be large enough that “ducks could swim in them.”
9. The Code of Hammurabi, written around 1800 BC, punished fraudulent wine sellers by drowning them in a river.
10. There is a theory that poisoned wine may have helped bring down the ancient Roman empire. Romans started adding lead because it helped preserve the wine and added a sweetness to it. Lead poisoning is said to be one of the causes of the decline of Rome.
11. In 1922, Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened and wine jars discovered to be buried alongside the pharaoh. The jars were labeled with the year, name of the winemaker and descriptions about the quality of the wine. The labels were detailed enough to comply with the wine label laws of some countries today.
12. If a wine tastes watery or "dilute", the grapes used were probably picked during a rainstorm.
13. Dumb vs Numb: A "dumb" wine refers to wine that has no odor, but may develop pleasing odor in the future. A "numb" wine has no odor, nor has the possibility of producing a pleasing odor in the future.
14. European wines are named after the geographical locations where they originate. Non- European wines are usually named after grape varieties.
15. The English word “wine” is probably from the Semitic yayin (meaning, lamentation and wailing). In Arabic, the word is wain, in Greek it is oinos, and in the Romance languages it is vin, vino, vina, vinho.


Make your wine tasting event more colorful with these conversation starters, or call Wine Works today for more professional help at your party.

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The Art of Wine Tasting

Drinking wine is not the same as wine tasting. While it is true that sipping a good bottle of wine with your dinner or some good cheese while chatting with your friends, wine tasting requires you to focus not only on your taste buds but also on you sense of smell, sight and touch.

Wine tasting is an experience that combines together the appearance, aroma, sensation and aftertaste of the wine.

Blind tasting is usually observed when tasting wine. This means that the participants do not see the label or the shape of the wine bottle. This may also include serving the wine in dark- colored wine glasses so that the tasters do not see its color. This avoids prejudice during the wine tasting experience.


Wine Tasting Experience through Wine Works

You do not need to travel to France or Italy to have an awesome wine tasting experience. If you live in the London area, or anywhere in the UK, Wine Works wine tasting services will come to you. Whether you want to do a wine tasting event for corporate entertainment, a private party, a birthday, or an anniversary, we can tailor fit a party plan just for you.

Get tips and tricks on wine tasting from our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Our entire team is Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualified, all to a diploma level. Collectively, they have hosted over 1000 wine events and have decades of experience under their belts.

We are partnered with Liberty Wines who provides delicious and unique wines not readily available in retail stores. We will provide all the supplies that you will need for the event. And best of all, we will come to you! Whether your venue is at your home, office, a restaurant or a function hall, we can make it work.

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Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Wine-Works have created two chocolate tasting events which will enthrall wine enthusiasts, delight chocolate lovers, and for those who love chocolate and wine, takes them to a place that is pure utopia!!! A great alternative for corporate event entertainment, this wine tasting option is one of our corporate events ideas that is equally suited to corporate hospitality and as a fun and engaging team building activity.

Our first wine and chocolate tasting begins by tasting a fine Champagne with chocolate, then guests proceed to taste five different types of high quality chocolate, and match them with five different wines. Sparkling wines, white wine, red, dessert wine and port are all included, and for the most part the combination with the right chocolate is divine!

Try a different chocolate and wine combination, and you will appreciate that the art of matching wine with chocolate is a fine one. Guests will learn about the history of chocolate, the chocolate making process, and guidelines about chocolate quality as well tasting chocolate with wine, and there will be a fun quiz with a prize for the winning team.

This wine tasting event option works equally well for corporate wine tastings and home wine tasting parties, including birthdays and hen parties, and our fees, from £35pp, are based on a minimum of 10 guests. We have also teamed up with a master chocolatier to create “Wine & Chocolate Heaven”, a unique chocolate tasting experience where guests will learn fascinating facts about chocolate, taste some thrilling wine and flavored chocolate combinations, then get the chance in teams to make their very own chocolate truffles, which will be judged by our expert before either being consumed or taken home for family or friends to enjoy.

This special chocolate tasting experience must have a minimum of 20 guests, with fees starting from £65pp.

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