Wine – humans have been making it, drinking it, and loving it for thousands of years. And with all that history, there are some really fun facts that go along with that magnificent fermented juice of the grape. We’ve done a little sleuthing and have found some interesting tidbits you might want to share with friends – over a glass or red or wine, of course. We hope you enjoy these five fun facts about wine for true wine lovers!
Catawba – The First American Grape
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote an ode to the first grape of America, Catawba. It’s believed to be the earliest native American grape used in wine production and was the most widely planted grape in the United States from approx. 1825 to 1850. It’s now primarily produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Turning Grape Juice into Wine
Believe it or not, during Prohibition, grape concentrate was sold with this warning: “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it will turn into wine.” Yes, that’s exactly what people did during Prohibition.
Pay More, Pronounce Less
The world’s current most expensive wine will set you back about $13,000 a bottle. That’s about $3,250 a glass. Invite close friends.
Is this you?
An oenophile is one who loves or considers him/herself a connoisseur of wine. Meanwhile, we send our condolences to those with oenophobia (poor thing) – which is a dislike or hatred of wine.
Consider these random wine facts we hope you can use at your next soiree!
Founded in 1934, Haskell’s has championed fine wines for over 80 years. We have 13 wine stores in Minnesota, two delis and one restaurant. As one of the top wine shops in North America, Haskell’s is known for legendary service and one of the finest collections of wine, beer and spirits. Led by Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell, and the Farrell family, Haskell’s continues to be at the forefront of the wine scene throughout the world. Haskell’s also can ship wine, beer & spirits all throughout the world, the U.S. and we deliver locally.