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December 19, 2018

Wine making (and drinking) has a career almost as long as written history. Archaeologists found grape seeds, usually considered evidence of winemaking, dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.

So let us take a look at a couple of helpful facts about this historically popular beverage.

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Today's Random Fact:

Early BirdA lover of wine is called a Oenophile, from the Greek for wine; oinos.

Not all wines improve with time. In fact, a vast majority of wines produced are ready to drink and do not have much potential for aging. Only a rare few will last longer than a decade.

Monastic orders were the best innovative winemakers during the Medieval Ages. Benedictines and Cistercians were considered as best winemakers because it is said that they went around tasting soil to understand how soil quality changed from place to place. The knowledge collected then is still used today.

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Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

It takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine. About 800 gallons of wine are produced from one acre in a vineyard.