You might think you like wine, sipping the occasional glass of fruity Pinot in glorious sunshine or cuddling up with a bottle of cabernet Shiraz on a cold winter night, but how much do you actually know about the tasty tipple we all so regularly indulge in. Take the test and see how many of the wine questions here you really know the answer to. Then use them on your friends and show off how knowledgeable you are.
1. When did winemaking begin? The Mesopotamians were credited with producing the first wines in 6000 B.C.
2. Where was the world’s oldest bottle of wine was found? Germany.
3. How much wine is in a bottle? Generally a bottle of wine measures the liquid in milliliters, with 750 ml being the standard amount in most bottles (or about 25 fluid ounces).
4. How many grapes does it take to make your average bottle of wine? It takes about 2 ˝ pounds (about eight bunches) of grapes to make a bottle of wine.
5. How many gallons of wine are produced from one acre of grapevines? About 800.
6. How many varieties of wine grapes exist in the world today? Over 10,000.
7. How many grapevines generally make up an acre? 400.
8. How many acres of vines are there in the World? Wine grapes are the single most widely planted fruit crop. There are 20 million acres of grapes planted worldwide.
9. What is wine made up of? Wine Composition: 86% water, 11.2% alcohol, 2.8% other. Over 250 compounds have been identified in "other". That is why wine making is an art and not a science.
10. How many calories are in a four ounce glass of red wine Approximately 85.
11. Approximately how many bubbles are in a bottle of Champagne? 49 Million.
12. When was the corkscrew designed? Mid-1800’s.
13. How far can a champagne cork travel? The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches.
14. How much pressure is there in a champagne bottle? The pressure in a champagne bottle is typically between 70 and 90 pounds per square inch. That's two to three times the pressure in your car's tyre, about the same as in a double-decker bus' tyre.
15. Why does a wine bottle have an indentation in the bottom? The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle.
16. Does wine turn to vinegar with age? No, old wine almost never turns to vinegar. It spoils by oxidation.
17. How much wine does the biggest wine bottle hold? Nebuchadnezzar is the largest wine bottle and holds 15 litres or 120 glasses of wine.
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Jenny Sinclair is a member of several wine clubs, a wine enthusiast and writer. For more information, please visit at formulawine.co.uk
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