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Red Wine Day

"Let dullards drink the Nymph's pale brew,
The sluggish thin their blood with dew.
For such pale stuff we have no use;
For us the purple grape's rich juice.
Begone, ye chilling water sprite;
Here burning Bacchus rules tonight!”

~ Catullus (84-54 BCE) English translation

As evidenced by this early verse, wine drinkers tend to have strong opinions, a fact unchanged for over 2000 years! Wine-making itself has been around for at least 9000 years. Historians believe the earliest vineyards were planted in the Middle East, then spread throughout the Mediterranean through the Phoenicians and the Etruscans. The French soon adopted the wine-making process, and today we have lovely shades of red and the particular aromas associated with classic red wines such as: Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Carménère. According to a recent survey of wine drinkers in the US, red wine drinkers tended to be early birds versus the white wine drinking night owls. Red wine drinkers were more inclined towards dogs, while cat lovers appeared to prefer white wine. Overall, red wine drinkers were more likely to identify as “adventurous, humble, and organized” and white wine lovers identified as “curious, sarcastic, and perfectionists.” Whether your wine cellar leans more red than white or vice versa, "Chin Chin" and "Cheers"! 🍇🍷

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by a special merlot and evokes the colors of red wine being aged in toasted oak barrels.

The oldest-known winery was discovered in a cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups.  Domesticated grapes were abundant in the Near East from the beginning of the early Bronze Age, starting in 3200 BC. 

Dionysus, or Bacchus to the Romans, is the god of merry making, wine, theatre and ecstasy.   From his name, we have the word bacchanalia, meaning drunken revelry.  

Whether you consider yourself a enthusiast, an oenophile, an anti wine snob, or just enjoy a glass of fine wine, you may enjoy an article about hidden influences in wine tasting, and in particular, a study from the University in Edinburgh which found that different music could boost tasters’ wine scores by 60%.  Researchers discovered that a blast of Jimi Hendrix music enhanced cabernet sauvignon, while Kylie Minogue went well with chardonnay.


To read more, click the glasses of wine.

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