Written by Isabella Boston
"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized. ~ Andre Simon
Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes and it is one of the oldest and most loved beverages in the world.
The oldest winery is documented in Ancient Armenia in the year 4100 B.C. The site was discovered by UCLA researchers in 2007. According to National Geographic a prehistoric tribe built the winery in a cave and most likely dedicated it to the dead. The wine was kept in jars. The dry and cool conditions of the cave would have made an excellent wine cellar. Archeologists also found a well-preserved moccasin estimated to be around 5,500 years old. This may suggest that these prehistoric people removed their shoes to make the wine. Ancient Egyptians are also documented as to making wine. Scientists recently discovered a wine cellar located at a site in the Nile Delta dating back to 1700 B.C. Evidence suggest that more than 500 gallons of wine were once kept in the cellar. It is believed that the pharaohs in 3100 B.C. made a red-like liquid that was used in ceremonies because it resembled blood. Benefits of wine Wine is not only an enjoyable and relaxing pastime, but it also has many health benefits. Studies have shown that drinking red wine decreases the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. It also has many anti-inflammatory properties such as resveratrol. A study found that 4,461 adults who had consumed wine in moderation had a reduced inflammatory response. And that's not all. Drinking wine has many heart benefits too. Red wine has a high concentration of polyphenol antioxidants which has been proven to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and metabolic diseases. It's no wonder that many Mediterranean diets incorporate red wine as part of living a healthy lifestyle.
How to Pair Wines
Red wine ~ is best with red meats, bold flavor, and hearty dishes.
White wine ~ is best with chicken, fish, and meats with light intensity.
Bitter wines ~ are best balanced with fat (red wines).
Sparkling wines ~ have sweet notes and are perfect with salty foods.
Rose ~ Rose wine is the acidity of white wine and is perfect with cheesy dishes.
So, whether you are planning a special engagement or hosting a major event, wine is the perfect drink for any occasion.
What's your favorite grape?
*Fun Fact: Did you know that Titanic holds one of the oldest wine cellars in the world? And despite the wreckage, all the bottles are in tact.
Warning: Too much alcohol can have negative effects on your brain. Always drink in moderation and never to get intoxicated.
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the Founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She has several years of experience in content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies. She is the author of the romantic and rare memoir, Passion of Flames. Isabella is currently working to spread awareness on the dangers and inhumanity of human sex trafficking. She has special interests in fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and natural healing as it pertains to the body, mind and soul. When Isabella is not writing, she enjoys playing the violin, learning new languages (currently Italian), and reading books of substance.