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Did You Know?

12.21.09

Dom Perignon, the Benedictine Abbey cellar master who is generally credited with “inventing” the Champagne making process, was blind.

Thomas Jefferson helped stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents.

When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in A.D. 79, it also buried more than 200 wine bars.

From 1970 until the late 1980s, sales and consumption of wine in the United States held a ratio of about 75% white to 25% red. At the turn of the Millennium, the ratio was closer to 50-50.

Labels were first put on wine bottles in the early 1700s, but it wasn’t until the 1860s that suitable glues were developed to hold them on the bottles.

As early as 4000 BC, the Egyptians were the first people to use corks as stoppers.

There is at least one commercial winery in every state of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska!