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Fun Facts About Wine & Its History

Oli Scarff

People have been drinking wine throughout all of history. Whether for celebration or in a show of class, wine has a long history. It also has some really interesting history and present.

Below are some fun and interesting facts that most people don’t know about wine in the history of the world. Some are fairly new and others date back. Test your knowledge and see how many you know.

1. In the 1600′s thermometers were filled with brandy instead of mercury

2. The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State

3. In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the “honey month,” or what we now call the “honeymoon.”

4. Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the liquid to determine the ideal temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, for adding yeast. From this we get the phrase “rule of thumb.”

5. In English pubs drinks are served in pints and quarts. In old England, bartenders would advise unruly customers to mind their own pints and quarts. It’s the origin of “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

6. On the average, Americans consume just over two and a half gallons of wine per person a year. Compare this to the French, who consume approximately 15 gallons.

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