Champagne vs Prosecco.. Cheer!!

Royally Red: 8 Interesting Facts About Red Wine

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.

There are many more amazing facts and wonderful insights about red wine on our website. Do you want to discover more about the world of wine?

We would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us to find out everything you need to know about wine.

It's blooming time in the vineyards


A wine grape grower’s year is marked by milestones, beginning with bud break in the spring and culminating with harvest in the fall. Between these two events, the vines go through bloom, fruit set and shatter, three events that occur within the span of a few weeks.

This is the first time the vineyard tips its hand to reveal its eventual yield.

During bloom, the flowering process begins with the development of tiny green spheres known as a calyptras, or caps. The petal cover, or cap, pops off the flower and bursts out.

These small green balls surround the delicate pollen-carrying parts of the flower. The vines look like they have a tiny, green version of a grape cluster. The clusters serve as a protective package for the future grapes. When the time is right, the caps pop off to reveal small flower clusters. As the flowers open, pollen is released into the air and settles on the grapes.

Once pollinated, each flower transitions to a hard, green berry the size of a pea. Each pea eventually ripens into the grapes we know and love. It is during this time that mother nature can play her hand. If the weather is too hot, too cold or rainy, the flowers will remain closed and won’t be pollinated. Strong winds can also disrupt the process by shaking the pollen from vines. Under these conditions, yields will be low as there are not as many grapes in each cluster.

Generally speaking, harvest begins 100 days after flowering, depending on variety and vineyard site. Currently, the Yakima Valley is just a few days behind last year’s bloom, putting harvest at or around Sept. 9.

A poor fruit set (fewer developed berries) means fewer grapes and a lighter crop. Fruit set is an extremely important stage for wine production, as it determines the potential crop yield. This is the time that growers can begin to sense harvest potential by walking rows and counting how many berries are on each cluster. Yields are estimated later in the season by considering how many berries are on each cluster or vine and how big they are.

After the count, clusters are weighed. This is the “lag phase” of berry development; the berries are expected to be at their final harvest mass. These numbers are crunched with the planting density and acreage of the vineyard. The findings are projected onto the entire vineyard, offering a yield estimate. If the estimate is high, and the vine sets more fruit than the grower can ripen, he or she can adjust by thinning clusters. The goal is to estimate within 5 percent of the final actual yield.

The onset of bloom means the weather is warming and it is time to start looking for light, crisp wines to stock up on.