Mid Week Happy Hour | Tipsy Facts about Wine

Hello February!

This is the month of love – absolutely! And which alcohol is the most romantic of all? Without a doubt, it is wine! I can never get enough of it and will never will. After having wine tours in different parts of the world (I am yet to do France – that is the dream), I realized wine is something I can never get bored of! 

Though wine is excellent when enjoyed as it is, wine cocktails make the drinking experience even better! Mimosas and Sangrias are amazing, and that is the reason I am going to talk about more easy to make cocktails using your regular wine, all through this month! 

Wine makes daily life easy, less hurried, with fewer tension and more tolerance

Benjamin Franklin

But first, let us set some background by talking about some pretty amusing and tipsy facts about wine. And we are going to talk about a lot of wines today. So, if you fear of wine, you can stop reading. Oh, and that is called, oenophobia, by the way!

Wine has so many rights and wrongs. Just so many rules! I am always confused – I mean it’s just alcohol, right? But there are few very sophisticated things that I have learned from the wine tours and digging into wine encyclopedia in the past many years! So, about the rights and wrongs – there is a right way of holding a wine glass. You hold it from the stem. Holding the glass otherwise raises the temperature of the wine! Now that is something! I love my chardonnay and rose chilled, and that is the reason you will not find any of those stem-less wine glasses in my house.

Talking about rules – every rule is pretty logical when it comes to wine. A wine bottle that is corked is stored laying down to keep the cork moist. If the cork dries out, it dwindles and might fall into the wine.

Those are two of the few things which my silly questioning rounds with the tour guides of wineries made me learn. Now, let me share a few things which they generally tell you!

I am a believer in the concept of reincarnation. And knowing about wines have strengthened my faith into it! According to “some” Roman legends, if a husband found his wife drinking wine, he had the liberty to kill her. Women were not allowed to drink wine! And that is how I believe, I might have died in my last birth! No warrior, nothing – just an everyday Roman housewife, fancying some wine!

Also, I had no idea that wine’s liquid volume was measured in some different unit. It’s called “butt”. No kidding.

And finally, remember how I talked about the unimaginable flavours of Vodka? Wine are not just fruity or spicy. In Vietnam, if you ask your waiter for a glass of cobra wine – they will serve the rice-wine covered with snake blood. Hold on, that is not it. There are high chances that they might have killed the snake on the spot!

That is it that I have to share! Hope you have a great February! Love! 

  1. It is quite interesting to know this much about wine..i haven’t idea it could be like this.. i haven’t ever drank wine but have heard a lot about wine from most of people…thanks for increasing knowledge about it…..

  2. My friend is a complete wine head, she drinks a bottle easily on an evening and really knows her stuff. I will send this her way x

  3. I am not much of a wine drinker, it is really hard to drink wine for me. But it was nice to learn something interesting about the history of wine!

  4. My husband is a red wine lover , I shared all this information with him and he wasn’t aware of some of them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ooh what a fun little read. Wine is definitely becoming an essential part of daily life as we all navigate through quarantine!

  6. I am not a wine drinker but I sure do love cooking with it. I love the different tastes and textures you can make with all the different wines. I learned the hard way the importance of storing your wine on it’s side. It is not fun to have a dried out cork!

  7. We did several wine tours in Portugal and Spain and I really loved them! Sangria is one of my favorite drinks for summer evenings!

  8. I love, love, love wine and you’re so right it just makes life happier! The rules make sense, but I’m not sure I know all of them.

  9. I used to be a huge fan of Vodka but I have been drinking Gin and tonic and It is so so good!!! Great tips, thank you.

  10. How cool. I didn’t know this. I really don’t know a lot about wine. I mainly drink Diet Coke!

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