A few things you should know about wine… (Part 1)
The wine cork is not for smelling. The cork is actually for examining. Check to see if it’s all in one piece; a fragmented or moldy cork might mean a lower quality wine. With the best wines, the cork will display the date and other information, as well.
The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.
Wine testers swirl their glass to encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas. Most don’t fill the glass more than a third full in order to allow aromas to collect and to not spill it during a swirl.
The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year wine is bottled, because some wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked. Typically, a vintage wine is a product of a single year’s harvest. A non-vintage wine is a blend of wines from two or more years
There is a right and wrong way to hold a wine glass. Wine glasses should always be held by the stem and not the bowl because the heat of the hand will raise the temperature of the wine.
It is a common misconception that all wines improve with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of all wines should be consumed within one year.
Traditionally, wine was never stored standing up. Keeping the wine on its side kept the wine in contact with the cork, thereby preventing the cork from drying, shrinking, and letting in air. However, wine can be stored vertically if the bottle has an artificial cork.
Make sure you never store wine in the kitchen because it is warm, and thus not an ideal place to store it. Moreover, refrigerators are also not the right place to store wines because even at the warm settings, they are very cold.
There are 10,000 wine grapes varieties worldwide.
David Honig – Reds, Whites & Blues Committee Member