10 curiosities On the world of wine

For true enthusiasts, wine is a real cult, made up of very accurate study and research, essential rituals and gestures.
The true connoisseur knows everything about the wine he tastes, from its historical and geographical origins to every possible nuance of color, aroma or taste. He knows the vines, the producers and the cellars, with all their characteristics and peculiarities.

In recent years the passion for wine has spread widely not only in Italy, but throughout the world: indeed, we could say that Italian wine has been one of the promoters and proponents of this enormous diffusion and of this great success.
The "wine" topic has therefore frequently become the protagonist of conversations that are no longer strictly technical, but also of pleasant chats, quiet exchanges of opinions and experiences.

bold: (|1. Why is the standard size of the wine bottle 0.75 l?)
The English who in ancient times traded wine used the imperial gallons as a unit of measurement: each gallon is equivalent to 4.5 liters. Each case of wine contained two gallons divided into 12 bottles for convenience: the math tells us that 9 liters - 2 gallons - divided by 12 bottles gives us 0.75 liters.

bold: (|2. What is the concavity of the bottom of the bottle for?)
Invented in the 4th century, the so-called "bell" bottom probably originates from blown glass bottles, whose round bottom was retracted for better stability. This feature allows both to collect wine deposits and to pour it more easily and following the rules of etiquette.

bold: (|3. Why do we sometimes see storing bottles horizontally?)
This serves to keep the cork in contact with the wine, so that it remains moist and elastic: in this way it will not become dry and will decrease in volume and will not allow oxygen to enter the bottle.

bold: (|4. Why do you toast bumping the glasses?)
This custom comes from ancient Rome.
Since in some banquets the possibility of finding oneself with poison in the glass could not be excluded, the ancient Romans banged the glasses loudly together - they were not glass - to ensure that the drops of wine could also be mixed from one glass to another. other, as a sign of total trust in the diners: each showed that he was not afraid to drink the wine of the others, showing at the same time that he had not in turn put poison in any glass.

bold: (|6. Why do we say "cheers" in a toast?)
This custom dates back to the ancient Greeks: the host of a banquet, to reassure the invited diners that they would not be poisoned, used to drink first saying "cheers".

bold: (|7. Is opening champagne dangerous?)
Did you know that the cork of a champagne bottle can reach speeds of 106 km / h?
Here it is said that being hit by a champagne cork brings good luck, that it predicts an imminent wedding ... but pay attention to how it affects you, it could be a less happy sign!

bold: (|8. Does the spoon in the open champagne bottle work?)
Many believe that to keep the bubbles in a bottle of champagne, sparkling wine or any open sparkling wine, it is enough to insert a teaspoon into the neck of the bottle.
The question is: does it really work?
The answer is: no, it's just a belief that today we could define fake.

bold: (|9. "Don't get fooled")
And what does it have to do with wine now?
This expression dates back to a custom of the past, when the hosts, in order to be able to serve wine that is no longer good, accompanied it to dishes based on raw fennel which, sweetening the mouth, altered the ability to perceive the real taste of wine. .
Hence "don't get fooled" means "don't get fooled".

bold: (|10. Enophobia)
Yes: very difficult to believe for those who love it, but there is also a phobia of wine!

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