We all know and love our favourite bottles of wine and know some great facts about the blend, farm or the structure of the wine that we are pouring. But, we have some great wine facts that you just might not know. So, next time you host your dinner party, with your carefully selected bottle of wine from Cybercellar, you are also prepared with some great facts about our favourite past-time.
There is no difference between Shiraz and Syrah wines. They are the same grape and produce the same product. The name Syrah derives from its origin in France and is used all over Europe and the America’s. Australia and South Africa are the only countries who call it Shiraz, most popularly in Australia. Read more about these great wines here.
There are actually people in the world who have a fear or hatred of wine. This phobia is known as Oenophobia and is an actual disorder faced by people when faced with a situation of having to face wine like in a restaurant. The disorder is thought to be triggered by a stressful or traumatic circumstance in someone’s life that relates back to a wine incident. Symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking. We usually have these symptoms when we are not drinking wine.
The oldest known bottle of wine is nearly 1700 years old and is currently in a German museum. The Speyer wine bottle or “Römerwein” is a sealed vessel, presumed to contain liquid wine, and so named because it was unearthed from a Roman tomb. The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD and was discovered in
1867, in what is now the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. You can see it at the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate.
South Africa is the 7th largest producer of wine in the world. The top is Italy, with France coming in a close second. The full list looks like this:
Many people don’t know this, but there is a very big difference in the aroma and bouquet of wine. Lets break it down. There are three basic aromas in wine: When talking about a wine’s aromas, the specialist is talking about the primary and secondary aroma of the wine. Primary Aromas- These are also known as the varietal aromas and develop from the type of grape.
Secondary Aromas- These develop during the pre- fermentation process and are also known as vinous aromas.
The bouquet comes from the post-fermentation process when the wine is in the barrel or bottle and takes years to develop
Have you ever wondered how many grapes go into your glass/ bottle/ barrel of wine? We have the perfect breakdown below:
75 grapes = 1 cluster
1 grape cluster = 1 glass
4 clusters = 1 bottle
40 clusters = 10 bottles = 1 vine
30 vines = 1200 clusters = 1 barrel
1 barrel = 60 gallons
60 gallons = 25 cases
400 vines = 1 acre
1 acre = 5 tons
5 tons = 332 cases
There is a lot of debate about the perfect serving temperature of wine, and we have the answer right her for you:
White Wine– Chilled to around 5 degrees Celsius for a few hours in the fridge
Reds– Slightly cooler than room temperature, at around 15 degrees Celsius. Younger, fruitier blends though benefit from being chilled.
Sparkling wine– needs to be thoroughly chilled, preferably overnight.
Dessert Wine– Room temperature and has a very similar guideline to the red variety
There is a great misconception about the term vintage, when talking about wine. A vintage refers to a product of a single year’s harvest and not the year that the wine was bottled. Non-vintage refers to a blend of wines from two or more years.
Are you holding your glass incorrectly? Most people cup the bowl of the glass to balance it correctly. This is in fact incorrect and your hand rather warms the glass and raises the temperature of the wine. The glass should rather be held by its stem.
The term “Age like a fine wine” is truer than expected. Not all wines actually age properly and most don’t actually have a potential for aging. There are the rare
few that will last a decade, but most wines are either ready to drink, or will last a year tops.
I am sure you have heard us talking about the farm’s terroir and have had no idea what we were talking about. Well, the terroir refers to the conditions that the vines grow in and refers to the soil type, climate, the slope, and exposure to the sun. All of these factors contribute to the grapes taste and structure and at the end of the day, the wine itself.