10 Facts About Wine

10 Facts About Wine

1. Two new studies have shown that polyphenols in wine increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, boosting cognitive ability. As you age, the effects increase as there is a natural decrease in blood supply to the brain. All the more reason to have a glass a day to keep those brain cells working and improve your memory and cognitive skills.

2. The oldest bottle of wine in existence is in a museum in Germany and is a staggering 1700 years old. The oldest preserved bottle of wine is nearly 1700 years old and it is on display in a German museum.

3. If you want to chill your wine or champagne quicker, try putting salt and ice into the bucket - yes, it really does work!

4. The custom of saying cheers and clinking glasses actually arose out of a fear of being poisoned. Romans would bump glasses to make wine spill from one to the other, just to make sure!

5. The colour of wine does not necessarily match the colour of the grapes. You can actually make white wine from red grapes and vice-versa, and there is even blue wine on the market which is as a result of the fermentation process.

6. Women have a better sense of smell than men, making them better wine tasters. This may explain why many women prefer wine and have a more sophisticated palate than men!

7. The sweeter the wine the more calories it contains, with a standard glass of wine containing 110 calories and a sweet white wine contained around 150 calories. Wine does not contain any fat or cholesterol however.

8. Oenophobia is a fear of wine.

9. There is more alcohol in mouthwash than wine

10. Bottles should be stored lying down rather than standing up to prevent cork shrinkage and air getting into the bottle.

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