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28
Jan
13

Great wine tasting ideas!

If you have pretentious friends that are wine snobs, here is a perfect wine tasting video to give you some ideas for the next party you throw!

23
Jan
13

Wine Consumption around the globe…

GLOBAL WINE CONSUMPTION

The global wine consumption decreased by 8.785 million hectolitres in 2009 with a total of 236.5 million hectolitres vs. 245.2 million hectolitres of wine consumed in 2008.

World wine
consumption
(distribution by continent)

The list of the 10 biggest
wine consumers
(in thousands of hectolitres)

COUNTRY

prev. 2009

in %

FRANCE

29 900

12,6%

USA

27 250

11,5%

ITALY

24 500

10,4%

GERMANY

20 250

8,6%

CHINA

14 025

5,9%

UK

12 680

5,4%

SPAIN

11 271

4,8%

ARGENTINA

10 292

4,4%

RUSSIA

10 012

4,2%

AUSTRALIA

5 050

2,1%

WORLD TOTAL

236 452

Evolution of vine consumption in the 10 biggest consumer countries between 2006 and 2009

01
Jan
13

Wine etiquette

Wine etiquette

 I found this posted on “A CUP OF JO” and thought you guys may enjoy reading it!

Today I’d love to share 8 fun tips for drinking wine! It’s nerdy, but I like learning etiquette tips (do you?) and thought you might like to hear these fascinating wine dos and don’ts before heading out to holiday parties and romantic dinners. Below, I wrote out the tips, and the genius Gemma Correll illustrated them. Here goes…
1. Fill red wine glasses 1/3 full, white wine glasses 1/2 full, and sparkling wine 3/4 full.
2. Twist the bottle at the end of pouring a glass of wine, to prevent drips (and to give it a flourish!).
3. Cheers! When clinking glasses, make eye contact with the other person. Otherwise, according to French superstition, you’ll risk seven years of bad luck (read: bad sex). You also should clink glasses individually with each person at the table without crossing anyone’s arms.
4. If someone is toasting you (your wedding, your birthday, your general awesomeness), don’t take a sip. Just smile and look humble.
5. Always hold your wine glass by the stem. Many people mistakenly think you only need to hold white wine by the stem (so you don’t warm up the wine), but experts say you should hold red wine by the stem, too, so you can see its color and clarity, as well as to avoid smudging the glass with your fingerprints. Otherwise, wine snobs might call you a “bowl grabber”! 🙂
6. On the table, your wine glass goes to the right of your water glass.
7. While taking a sip, you should politely look into your glass. (And not at another person, if you’re in the middle of a conversation.)
8. The host’s duty is to make sure glasses stay filled. “My eyes go to empty glasses immediately,” wine expert John Thoreen says. “It’s a real radar thing for me.”
9. Or happily forget all the tips above, and just eat, drink and be merry!




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