Royally Red: 8 Interesting Facts About Red Wine
You love the way it tastes, but how much do you really know about your beloved red wine? Get the full story with these fun red wine facts.
Many people love drinking a glass of red wine. You may joke to your friends that you adore red wine more than anything in the world.
And yet, surprisingly few people know much about their favorite beverage. There is a lot to learn about red wine beyond it's fruity and sweet taste.
Here are eight interesting facts about red wine to astound and amaze you.
1. Red Wine is Surprisingly Good for You
Many people focus on the harmful consequences of alcohol consumption and addiction. However, not all alcohol is created equally.
Red wine has actually been shown to have positive health effects. This is especially the case when it is drunk in moderation.
There is even evidence that shows that red wine drinkers are healthier compared with people who are absolutely sober.
What's so healthy about red wine? It's packed with antioxidants. These amazing nutrients have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Red wine has so many antioxidants that it contains more of this amazing stuff than over 20 glasses of apple juice.
If you stick to no more than one or two glasses per day, you'll even see health improvements from drinking red wine.
2. Red Wine is More Popular Than White
White wine is extremely popular in the U.S. and around the around. However, white wine isn't quite as well-loved as red wine.
In fact, more than 55 percent of wine sales are red wine alone. That makes it one of the most popular drinks among Americans.
3. The Red Color is From the Skins of the Grapes
Have you ever wondered why red wine is so... well red?
It's the grapes, you may think. There are red grapes and white grapes. Many people think that this is what determines the color of the wine.
But, actually, the pigment is from the skins of the grapes. When the skins of the red grapes are left for a long time to produce wine, they turn it red.
Yes, that means that white wine can also be made using red grapes. They just don't leave the skins in for as long.
4. The Red Color Lightens With Age
You may think that your lovely and dark red wine is probably matured with age. But, you may be shocked to discover that red wine becomes lighter with age.
When you have kept your pricey bottle of vintage red wine in your wine cellar for years and years, don't be surprised when it turns translucent.
5. Most Red Wines are From a Single Grape
There are so many different famous red wines. There is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz.
And yet, you probably think that each type of red wine is from a different grape. When really the grape is the same across them all.
This grape is known as Vitis vinifera. Of course, there are plenty of other grapes that are used to make red wine. But, this is the most common one.
Another little known fact is that this grape actually originally came from Eastern Europe, rather than the famous French vineyards.
6. You Should Never Drink Red Wine From a Mug
You may think that the red wine tastes the same regardless of the vessel. You could even drink red wine out of the same mug that you use for your morning coffee.
You'd be totally wrong about this. When you drink out of a proper red wine glass, you'll notice that the lip of the glass is sloped.
This allows you to enjoy the aromas of the wine as part of the drinking experience. You need to engage your nose as much as your tongue when drinking wine.
7. China Drinks More Red Wine Than France
Which country drinks the most red wine?
You may think that the French are famous for drinking wine. The Italians enjoy a glass of the red stuff as well.
But, actually, the Chinese overtook the French as the biggest consumers of red wine in 2014.
China consumes 1.865 billion bottles of red wine per year. The appetite for red wine in China has seen global sales rise by 136 percent over the past 5 years.
The U.S. is the biggest consumer of wines in general. However, the Chinese have a particularly strong taste for red wines.
Moreover, wine lovers may be appalled to learn that many Chinese enjoy wine with a splash of Coca-Cola. Don't knock it until you've tried it yourself!
8. Histamines are Responsible for Your Headaches
When you sit back and relax with a glass of red wine, the last thing you want to experience is a bruising headache.
And yet, many people report headaches after drinking one too many glasses. This is because of the histamines in the grape skins.
If you're especially sensitive to histamines, you could be vulnerable to these nuisance headaches when you're enjoying a bottle of red wine.
The only advice is to drink moderately. Limiting yourself to one glass of red wine should keep your headache at bay.
More Fun Red Wine Facts
Now when you're sipping your red wine you can tell your friends and family our fun facts about red wine. You'll enjoy this delicious drink even more now.
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