There’s a wonderful Twitter based conversation called #SonomaChat. It’s great place where information is exchanged and lively wine discussions are had. The fun, interesting facts I’m listing below are all from their Twitter page.

To put the growth of wine’s popularity in perspective, remember we talked about that at the first of the year, wine is now made in virtually every country. There are actually 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes worldwide. To note, the grapes that are used in wine are not the kind you buy at the store for your chicken salad.

European wines are named after their geographic locations. For the rest of the world, the wines are named after the different grape varietals. Because grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are picked during what is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a 2010 Australian wine could be six months older than a 2010.

How many grapes does it take to fill your glass with wine, you ask? One glass of wine consists of juice from one cluster of grapes. A cluster is typically 75 grapes. Something to think about when you tour the next vineyard. One grape vine produces 10 bottles. One acre typically contains 400 vines, which is roughly five tons of grapes.

It takes 2.4 pounds of grapes to produce a bottle of wine. For a barrel of wine, a producer needs 740 pounds of grapes. This is equal to 1,180 glasses of wine. Once again, your next wine tour, it puts the vines-to-thebarrel into perspective. That’s a lot of grapes, given that a crop of newly-planted wine takes about four to five years to grow before it can be harvested. When you consider the commitment and work it takes to produce wine, it gives me a whole new respect for wine producers.

About those barrels you’re viewing on your tour, the average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in creating wine barrels is 170 years. There are 400 different oak species that are available to source wood for wine barrels.

All wine is stored at the same temperature, no matter the color, However, as we know, not all wine is served at the same temperature.

I hope I’ve helped prepare you for your next wine tour.

Happy Wining All!