Summertime Conversation

Tamra Bolton

As we approach mid-summer and we inevitably begin to hear conversation around the campfire turn toward getting the kids back to school and falling back into a routine, sometimes the carefree spirit starts to sag a bit.  Just the mention of school obligations, extra work loads, endless carpools and sporting events seems to dampen even the most enthusiastic partier.  Here is where this little list I’ve complied might come in handy…something to help change the subject to a lighter note and steer the conversation in a new direction.  After all, we’ve got to make the most of these wonderful days of summer…

Next time the conversation lags, try one of these:

Plato believed that once a man reached forty years of age, he may drink as much wine as he wants to cure the “crabbedness of old age”.

Red wine represents 55% of restaurant wine sales.  (Hmmm….)

The first known illustration of wine drinking is found on a 5,000 year old Sumerian panel known as the Standard of Ur.

The most expensive wine heist ever committed was carried out over a four year period, when a swindler, George Osumi gradually swapped over one thousand bottles of fine Bordeaux and replaced them with “Two Buck Chuck” wine, a label sold at retailer Trader Joe’s for two dollars a bottle.  Estimated value of stolen wine was one thousand dollars a bottle or three million dollars total!

Women tend to be better wine tasters than men because they have a better sense of smell.  (Only employ this one if you want some heated debate!)

In the whole text of the Old Testament, the book of Jonah is the only one without any reference to grape vines or to wine.

California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy and Spain.

One ton of grapes make about sixty cases of wine or about 720 bottles.   One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes.

Red Burgundy is made from the Pinot Noir grape and is so difficult to make that winemakers all over the world see it as some kind of “Holy Grail”.

The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near Speyer, Germany inside one of two Roman sarcophagi.  It is on display at the town’s museum.

Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.

Hope these help liven up your next party and make you look like a real wine expert!  One thing I know for sure, I will never suffer from oenophobia!   Have fun!