Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Cocktail Party Wine Tips

[From Ladies Who Launch Weekly Wine Tip]

You will most likely be attending holiday parties, gathering with family or wining and dining with friends over the next week so the Bon Vivant Wine Guide has provided some cocktail party conversation for you to keep in your back pocket. When the banter hits a lull, wow them with scoop, stats, and oddball facts about wine.

  • Americans consume an average of 2.1 gallons of wine per person each year compared to 15 gallons for the average French person.
  • California, New York and Florida are the top three U.S. states in terms of wine consumption.
  • 5.3 million gallons of wine were lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
  • Despite many myths to the contrary, the “legs” that form on the sides of your wine glass after you swirl it have nothing to do with the wine’s quality.
  • You can be sent to jail in Kentucky for sending a bottle of wine as a gift.
  • Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape.
  • Champagne can be made from 3 grapes, 2 red and 1 white (Pinot Noir, Pinot Menieur and Chardonnay.)
  • Wine is fat free and contains no cholesterol.
  • It takes 600 to 800 wine grapes to produce one bottle of wine.
  • Wineries are the second most popular tourist destination in California after Disneyland.
  • The word "toast" originated in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine as a wish of good health.

To your health & happy holidays!


  1. I recently listened to a Discovery podcast that said a lot of information was falsified after that earthquake. So maybe that wine wasn't really lost. Maybe everyone drank it all because they were so depressed about the earthquake! (Is 100 years still too soon to make jokes about it?)

  2. Good point. It could take a good 5.3 million gallons of wine to calm the nerves...and they can't even agree on the magnitude so who knows!

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