The wine world is vast and full of information. There are interesting pieces of wine information lurking behind every nook and cranny in the wine world. Here are ten quick wine facts to wet your feet in the wine industry.
1. The only sparkling wine that can be called Champagne hails from the Champagne region of France.
2. An extra dry variety of champagne completely devoid of sugar is called Brut.
3. Prosecco is a sparkling wine variety made from the Glera grape varietal from the Veneto region of Italy.
4. White wine should be served chilled between 50 - 60 degrees. Red wine should also be served slightly cool between 60 to 70 degrees. Sparkling wine should be served ice cold at 40 degrees.
5. California produces 90% of all American wines and is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world.
6. Labels that boast the words "Estate Grown" grow all their grapes on their property and the vineyard is solely responsible for the production of the wine in their facility.
7. The scent of a young wine is called the aroma; while the scent of a mature wine is called a bouquet.
8. Douro Valley in Portugal is the only region in the world that can claim to produce port wine. However, the law the mandates this distinction only applies in Europe.
9. Italian wine has strict guidelines in place to uphold the standards and quality of their wines. Wines marked with DOCG have the strictest of guidelines whiles wines marked DOC have strict yet somewhat forgiving guidelines.
10. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the exact same wine. Pinot Gris is a French version with Gris literally translating to the word grey; in reference to the type of grape used in production. Pinot Grigio hails originally from Italy and the word Grigio means gray in Italian.