at my current job i am the social media director/guru/expert/princess/specialist/ruler … (that is what i go by in the office) and one of the clients i deal with, well three of the clients are wine bars. so as the social media queen i post a lot of interesting facts about wine. i think i might even start calling myself a wine connoisseur. i seriously spend the majority of my day looking up facts, articles and cool videos. as a gift to all of you, i would like to share my favorite findings to enhance your knowledge of wine and maybe impress a few people.. so please take notes ;].
lets start off with the healthy side of wine. who would have thought that an alcoholic beverage can actually do more good than harm. this intrigued me… i’m not going to go into full detail but i will list a few of the health benefits. in men, there is evidence that moderate wine consumption is associated with a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease and cancer. women, a study said that women who drink wine have fewer kidney stones, have higher bone mass and a glass of red wine a day reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by 50 percent. wine also cuts the risk of a stroke, anddd get this, it is like the fountain of youth, studies have found that you actually live longer, if that is the case i shall be around for my great great great grand kids! my favorite health facts: it improves memory! (thank god something that can improve my memory), also (this one is the best) people who drink wine on the daily are said to have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally. whaaat uppp! aside from the health benefits, the amount of calories in a glass of wine was by far the ultimate fact. of course the calorie count is based on one glass of wine, but c’mon who really drinks just one glass. but at least you don’t feel as guilty compared to when you drink liquor. with that said, there are about 80 calories in a 4 oz. glass of white zinfandel, while there are about 80 calories in a 4oz. glass of red wine.
things you should know:
– an Italian study argues that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all.
– a “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.
– California, New York, and Florida lead the United States in wine consumption.
– Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.
– top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).
personally, i am a red wine drinker. i love a merlot or a cabernet sauvignon, but blends are my favorite. both bottles of red wine that i prefer are reasonably priced.
yellow tail, a cabernet merlot blend is the best.
this bottle can be bought at a local cvs, windixie, publix.. $6 (soooo cheap and sooooo good!)
Ménage à Trois Red – a blend of 3 different red wines.
also found at a local cvs, publix or windixie. $12
tips when ordering/ways to impress a girl:
at a restaurant, let the sommelier (waiter/server) pour the wine into your glass. gently swirl the wine, i repeat, GENTLY… use those muscles for something else! sniff it. sip it. hesitate. don’t say yes until you have maybe tried it a second time.
waiter sommelier, most likely will present a cork to you when you order a bottle of wine. moment of truth, what the eff do you do? look at it to be certain that it is intact and not dried out, and that is it. please do not sniff it.
some people have trouble pronouncing names of wines, so stick with labels you can pronounce, and if you want to choose a wine you can’t pronounce, just point. (i know i know, your mother always told you not to point, but in a situation like this, anything goes!)
don’t look nervous.
remember: white wine with fish, red wine with meat and champagne with anything.