National Wine Day is taking place on 25th May. The day is all about celebrating this internationally popular beverage. Read on for fun facts about wine and tips on how to celebrate the day.
Did you know?
1. In the world today, there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grape.
2. The biggest bottle of wine in the world is around 15 litres, which is the same as 20 standard-sized bottles. These bottles are called ‘nebuchadnezzars.’
3. Some people are afraid of wine – the phobia is called oenophobia.
4. The world’s oldest bottle of wine is in Germany and is on display in a museum in the town of Speyer. The wine dates back to 325 AD.
5. Ancient Greek dinner hosts would always try the wine being served first in case it had been poisoned.
Glassware for wine
It is useful to know which glassware is suitable for different wines, as this can impact the experience of drinking the beverage.
White wine is usually served in a glass with a smaller bowl. This helps to maintain a cooler temperature for the drink and preserve the floral aromas. The wide bowl and often tapered rim of a standard red wine glass means the delicate aromas are concentrated, and it allows for lots of aeration, enhancing the flavour.
Sparkling wines are often served in flutes because the shape of the flute allows the bubbles to last longer. Whichever type of wine you prefer this Wine Day, serving it in engraved glassware can make it extra special.
Wine has been popular since ancient times, and today, it is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world.