While celebrating with an amazing glass of wine from www.winebaskets.com you may find yourself pondering when the first varietal of wine was produced, where it was produced, or if it was even intentionally created? As recently as 2007, scholars are still uncovering the mysteries behind the world’s most coveted drink. It is no wonder it takes approximately three to five years to become a master Sommelier. You may not have the time to earn a prestigious degree, but it never hurts to have tidbits of knowledge handy when sharing a glass with friends, family, and colleagues.
Not to dull down the party when the wine starts flowing, but did you know the world’s first winery dates back to 4,100 BC in the country of Armenia? It is a gamble, but this bit of history is bound to either cause eye rolls, or spark a riveting conversation. The Armenian’s history of producing and drinking wine is unparalleled. Just in the last 30 years, the Armenians have withstood communist rule to become an economically free nation, all while continuing as the “sacred land of wine.” Each year Armenia exports around three million liters of wine. Of their 400 ingenious grape varieties, only 30 are used to create their wines. If at this point you still have an interested conversation partner, or two, offer them an Areni Noir; of course, first, make sure you have a bottle on hand.
Scholars are continuously uncovering more evidence around the world, making for a mystery of the first varietal. It is still unclear if the first wine was produced for its very special dietary benefits or its psychotropic effects, probably both. Wine was used medically by the Sumerians as far back as 2000 BC. The Sumerians would treat wounds with wine, and it was commonly found in larger quantities than available clean and drinkable water. Hippocrates, the first true doctor of medicine, was a giant fan of wine for medical use, finding it both appropriate for healthy and unhealthy people. Flash forward to what is called the “French Paradox,” around the year 1830. The Copenhagen study found the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine were in part, responsible for the lack of cardiovascular disease of the French wine consumers. Toast your fellow wine drinkers for enjoying a healthy dose of the medicinal, and enjoyable drink.
Wine continues to be not only a popular choice of beverage among the upper bourgeoisie but a great conversation starter for anyone. Wine has complex layers of history; in the grapes themselves, the people who cultivate the crops, the production, and the medical properties. The worldwide industry connects wine enthusiasts on many simple and complex levels. Pouring a glass of wine from wine baskets among friends, family, and colleagues can create one topic of conversation leading to a common bond of history and industry.