wine trivia

Wine Trivia

Some fascinating vino facts to impress your friends at the bar and round the dining table.

Bottle Sizes

  • Demi or Half – 375 ml
  • Standard (or bottle) – 750 ml
  • Magnum – 1.5 l (2 bottles)
  • Double Magnum – 3 l (4 bottles)
  • Jeroboam – 4.5 l ( 6 bottles)
  • Imperial – 6 l (8 bottles).
  • Nebuchadnezzar – 15 l (20 bottles)

Wine Facts

  • One acre of vineyard can produce almost 5,000 bottles of wine
  • There are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes around the world
  • A glass of wine will contain about 85 calories
  • It takes just over one kilogram of grapes to make a bottle of wine
  • Chablis is made from the Chardonnay grape, be sure to remind all those that say they don’t like Chardonnay and would prefer Chablis
  • Syrah and Shiraz refer to the same grape

History, Myths, Facts and Fiction

  • In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (that’s fermented honey ‘wine’ beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because this calendar was lunar or moon-based, the period of free mead was called the “honey month” or what we now call the “honeymoon”
  • Methyphobia is the fear of alcohol
  • In olden days, a whistle was baked into the rim or handle of ceramic cups and mugs used by pub drinkers. When they wanted a refill, they used to whistle to get the barman’s attention. So when out drinking, they used to ‘wet their whistle’
  • White wine gets darker as it ages, while red wine gets lighter

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