Did you know wine was discovered about 6,000 years ago in either Mesopotamia, Palestine/Israel or what is now called Georgia?

Wine Tips

Store

Wine with the bottle on its side or upside down to keep the cork moist. Keep wine at room temperature (55-65 degrees) in a basement or garage, and away from heat, vibration, and direct sunlight.

Chilling

Chill champagne or sparkling wines for 3 hours (to 40 degres), and white wines for 2 hours (45-50 degrees). Reds are served at room temperature (60-65 degrees).

Aging

Most wines are ready to drink when you buy them. Fruit wines should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. Some dry red wines will age nicely in the cellar. Take time to meet the winemaker and discuss the aging possibilities for your particular purchase.

Food

Certain foods and spices just don't harmonize with wines. For example: vinegar, onions, garlic, fishy hors d'oeuvres, spices, mustards, etc.

Wine Order

  • Always drink white wines before red wines
  • Drink dry wines before sweet wines
  • Drink in reverse order of age (younger first, older next)
  • An elegant practice for serving dinner wines is to have two different wines of the same varietal - work up in quality and down in years

Interesting Facts

  • A bottle of wine contains approximately 500 calories
  • Wine contains considerable amounts of Vitamins A, B, and C
  • Wine contains all 13 essential minerals - Ca, P, Mg, Na, K, Cl, S, Fe, Mn, Zn, I, Co, Cu
  • There is no known human pathogen (germ that produces disease) that can live in wine

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