Curiosities about wine


- Scientific studies in Europe have repeatedly confirmed that regular wine drinking reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by up to 80%. - The moderate drinking of wine also significantly reduces the risk of other diseases, such as diabetes and tumours of the large intestine, and it has a positive impact on reducing the cholesterol level. - People who consume wine live to a significantly older age than those who consume, for example, spirits or beer. According to scientific studies this is also the result of the fact that a person who drinks wine generally also consumes other healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, olives or dairy products. - Drinking between two and four decilitres has positive effects on the body for women, and in the case of men it is one decilitre more. When more is consumed, the risks associated with the higher intake of the contained alcohol predominate. - A substance called resveratrol is perhaps the secret to the positive impact of wine drinking on longevity. According to tests performed on animals to which the substance was applied, they lived longer. The well-known invasive plant knotweed also contains the same substance. - To a certain extent every one of us can be a sommelier. According to scientists, the average person can distinguish between more than seven thousand aromas. - Since time immemorial people have also ascribed an aphrodisiac effect to red wine. According to current scientific knowledge this is associated with the fact that drinking wine has a positive effect on blood circulation. - Wine is a better disinfectant for wounds than neat alcohol. This is because of the antibacterial substances contained in wine which spirits do not contain.


- The origin of the word wine has yet to be explained satisfactorily. We only know that the present word comes from the Latin word vinum, which is derived from the Greek word voinos. But the tradition of wine making is far older than Greek culture. - The intentional cultivation of grape vines goes back to the fourth millennium BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. But scientists believe that in reality wine making has far deeper roots, and some theories assert that it began as far back as seven thousand years before Christ. - The earliest discovered wine-making tools and vessels for wine are from Georgia, Armenia and Persia. They are estimated to be up to eight thousand years old. - One of the oldest wines in the world was found in the Crimea in Russia. But the wine in approximately 2200 year old amphorae is no longer consumable because it is in a semi-solid state. - The Romans probably brought wine to the Czech lands in the third century AD because on the conquered territories their armies built up the essential economic and food supply base, of which vineyards were an inherent component. - We know little of the historical areas covered by vineyards because their marking on maps only began in the second half of the 16th century, and the first person in our country to mark vineyards on a map of Moravia was Jan Ámos Komenský.


- Serve red wine at 16 degrees centigrade and white at 10? It's certainly not that simple. For red wines the range is from 14 to 17 degrees depending on its specific type and age. The same also applies to white wines, where the range is from 6 to12 degrees. - Even experts cannot agree on the decanting of wine. According to some the contact surface in a bottle is so small that it is insufficient to aerate the wine, whereas others recommend opening certain types of wine an hour before consumption. This applies to white wines from the Loire region for example. - Rosé wines are not a blend of white and red wines as most people assume, although they really used to be blended in this way. Real rosés are made using only pressed blue grapes. The colour is then influenced by the presence of skins when pressing the must or their subsequent maceration. - The French are drinking less and less wine every year. Whereas in the 1970s wine consumption in France averaged 121 litres per person, today it is only around 53 litres. In contrast, consumption is on the rise in England and the USA. - In recent times there has been an increase in the demand for Moravian wines in Asian countries. Terroir wines in particular are enjoying success in China, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea. According to the Japanese, Czech wines go very well with their traditional sushi. - Wine is best kept in cool, dark cellars at optimal temperature and humidity. If you do not have a cellar, to store wine use one of the many special coolers to be found on the market. But you should avoid storing wine in decorative stands indoors.