Happy National Drink Wine Day!
It's wine o'clock somewhere right?
The History of Wine:
The earliest known traces of wine date back to Georgia and Persia, circa 5000 BC. From there, wine would make its way to the Balkans, then to Greece, Thrace and Rome.
The spread of wine culture westwards was most probably due to the Phoenecians, who spread outward from a base of city states along the Mediterranean coastline, or modern day Lebanon, Israel, Syria and Palestine.
Perhaps some of the more famous wine makers from history would have to be the Romans. The Romans would plant vineyards near garrison towns, so the wine could be produced locally, rather than be shipped from long distances away. The Romans also discovered that burning sulfur candles inside empty wine vessels kept them fresh and free from a vinegar smell. An old English recipe that survived in various forms until the 19th century calls for refining white wine from bastard—bad or tainted bastardo wine.
Not only is wine a tasty drink, it's also good for you! Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack, and stroke. It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL). Drinking wine includes other benefits as well. When paired with the right meal, it enhances the flavors of spices, fruits, and sauces. A glass of wine helps relax us. Learning about wine keeps our minds sharp, too. Since the fruits, regions, and the making of wine have such a complex story, those who delve into find themselves traveling to learn more.
Wine Statistics in America According to YouGov:
New research from YouGov finds that most Americans (60%) enjoy at least the occasional glass of wine. About one-third (34%) drink wine at least once a month, though Millennials (46%) and those who live in urban areas (43%) are especially likely to consume wine this often.
What kind of wine is America drinking? Red wine (69%) is the most popular among wine-drinking adults, though majorities also say they like white wine (65%) or rosé (55%).
So, now that you know a little bit more about wine, why not celebrate with a glass either at home, or by visiting one of our local wineries here in the LC Valley? Obviously they may have certain restrictions with regard to COVID. But you can learn all about our local wineries, as well as their operating hours, click the link below: