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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