Food And Recipes: What Do You Know About Wine?
How many grapes are in a bottle of wine?
Admit it, you’re wondering. A standard 750 ml bottle of wine has 736 grapes, or about 2.6 pounds of fruit. This number may vary, depending on the size, type, and water content of the grapes – and also on how much wine you’ve had before you start counting.
How the wine is made
This is a process called fermentation. Tiny organisms called yeasts eat the sugars in the pressed grape juice, producing two waste products: alcohol and carbon dioxide. The resulting liquid is filtered to remove solid debris and then immediately bottled or aged in barrels. The end result. These wastes are then turned into wine.
The Difference Between Red Wine and White Wine
White wines are fermented without skins, while red wines are fermented with skins. This brings more antioxidants, called polyphenols, to red wines. They bring bitterness, color, and astringency (the pucker you get from vinegar or lemon), as well as some health benefits. Red wines have about seven times more polyphenols than white wines.
Wines aged in oak barrels
Some of the more expensive wines go through this process. It slowly adds oxygen to the wine and also adds a pleasant flavor to the wood. Why use oak? This dates back to the Romans, who found that oak could be easily bent into vessels to transport wine and could improve the flavor.
A healthy glass of wine
Wine in moderation-especially red wine-may be good for you. That’s probably because of the ethanol your body produces from alcohol, as well as those polyphenols that are associated with better heart and brain health. But more than a glass or two a day can increase your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, liver disease, certain cancers, and other diseases.
Wine and Sex
Red wine may bring excitement to your sex life-especially if you’re a woman-but only if you don’t drink too much. In one study, women who drank one or two glasses of red wine a day said they had more desire, were more easily aroused, and had more sexual satisfaction than non-drinkers. Those who drank more, however, reported no improvement.
Red Wine Drinking Countries
It is probably not surprising that France and Italy rank in the top ten when it comes to how much wine their citizens drink each year (the average citizen of Rome’s Vatican City drinks more wine each year than any other country in the world). The other top contenders are Switzerland, Portugal and Luxembourg. In terms of total wine consumption, the United States tops the list, followed by France, Italy, Germany, and China.
Small Wines Make a Big Difference
A 5-ounce glass of wine contains slightly more than half an ounce of pure alcohol — about the equivalent of 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. That’s the recommended daily amount for women, and half the recommended amount for men. And you can’t save your weekly alcohol consumption for Saturday night. Overeating is dangerous, and it’s not the best way to enjoy a good drink.