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Here is some fun information I found on wine. As taken from http://www.wineinmoderation.eu/
Mediterranean Diet, Gastronomy & Wine
MEDITERRANEAN DIET & WINE
The Mediterranean diet has fascinated the public since it became famous more than a decade ago. It has been know as one of the healthiest diets, and researchers continue to study it, hoping to understand the science behind it. It was first publicised by an American doctor stationed in Italy during World War II. The diet became famous after a Harvard study was published in 1995.
The traditional diet, native to the countries of the Mediterranean areas, is characterised by a high intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, cereals and fish. Low intake of meats, especially red, with olive oil as the principal source of fat are a fact. Of course the moderate and daily intake of wine, usually red, during meals has been part of the traditional diet.
Past studies have found a positive association between sticking closely to the eating regimen and increasing life expectancy. It has also been known for lowering the risk of debilitating diseases such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
The importance of Mediterranean diet was recognized by UNESCO in 2011 as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
WINE & FOOD: A FINE BALANCE
Wine has been changing from an important source of nutrition to a cultural complement to food. In some countries like Spain, with strong tradition of wine as part of a balanced diet, wine has been recognised by law as food.
The French Gastronomic meal is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. It was recognized by UNESCO in 2011 as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as well.
Today, where food has been secured and where culinary art and gastronomy have evolved to an exciting experience, there are a few simple guidelines that can help you find food and wine pairings that give you a richer experience—more varied tastes, textures and pleasure.
- Not even the “experts” can know exactly which wine go with which dish. There are hundreds of thousands of wines, millions of food combinations and billions of palates on this planet. The best place to start is with what you like to drink.
- It’s helpful to think of wine as an ingredient in food, one of the last seasonings you add before eating, just like a little salt or pepper. Wine can add grace notes to a hearty dish or rich ballast to a light one. Food, in turn, can deepen and elevate the wine’s flavours.
- Don’t drink a delicate white wine with a hearty meat dish or a powerful red wine with a filet of sole. They are mismatched flavours and textures.
- Consider the cooking method, how the food is prepared and what sauces are used.
Your best guide to food and wine matching is your own palate. Experiment different combinations to discover not only what pairings are perfect for you, but also to broaden your range of possibilities.
History & Tradition Of Wine
LEAVING BEHIND BARBARISM
The culture of wine in Europe predates the Romans: in ancient Greece, wine was praised by poets, historians and artists, and was frequently referred to in the works of Aesop and Homer. In Greece, however, wine was considered the privilege of the upper classes.
Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, represented not only the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficial influences. He was viewed as the promoter of civilization, a lawgiver, and lover of peace. He was known as the patron deity of agriculture and the theatre. Indeed, according to ancient Greek historian Thucydides, “the peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the vine”.
Wine has evolved as part of life, culture and diet since time immemorial. Wine making emerged in Europe with the expansion of the Roman Empire throughout the Mediterranean. That was when many major wine producing regions that still exist today were established. Even then, wine making was a precise husbandry that fostered the development of different grape varieties and cultivation techniques.
Barrels for storing and shipping emerged. Bottles were used for the first time. Even a rudimentary appellation system developed as certain regions gained a reputation for fine wine. As wine production became progressively refined, its popularity increased. Wine taverns became a common feature in cities throughout the Empire.
THE ART OF VITIVINICULTURE SPREADING OVER EUROPE
With centuries passing, the art of wine making spread to France, Spain, Germany and parts of Britain. Wine was considered an important part of daily diet and people began to favour stronger, heavier wines. European appreciation of wine endured throughout the Dark Ages. Wine was the preferred alternative to accompany meals partly because drinking water was still unreliable.
At the same time, viticulture and viniculture advanced thanks to the husbandry of Church monasteries across the continent. They gave rise to some of the finest vineyards in Europe. The Benedictine monks, became one of Europe’s largest wine producers with vineyards in France’s Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux regions. The Rheingau and Franconia regions of Germany were some others.
The merchant and noble classes had wine with every meal and maintained well-stocked cellars.
During the 16th century, wine became appreciated as a more sophisticated alternative to beer and as wine products began to diversify, consumers began to value the concept of varying their drinking habits.
People began to discuss the virtues and vices of wine with greater gusto than in previous centuries. Elizabethan England celebrated bard Shakespeare remarked that “good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used”, implicitly commenting on the misuse of wine at this time. The Shakespearian era saw the availability of fresh drinking water in London, a breakthrough that moved the wine industry into a new age.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF WINE
Improved production techniques in the 17th and 18th centuries resulted in the emergence of finer qualities of wine. Glass bottles with corks began to be used, and the corkscrew was invented.
So, the French wine industry took off at this point. Particular recognition was given to the clarets of the Bordeaux region by merchants from the Low Countries, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia. Bordeaux traded wine for coffee and other sought-after items from the New World. This helped to cement the role of wine in emerging world trade.
The 19th century is considered the golden age of wine for many regions. It was not without tragedy. Around 1863 many French vines suffered from a disease caused by the Phylloxera aphid, which sucked the juice out of the roots. When it was discovered that vines in America were resistant to Phylloxera it was decided to plant American vines in affected French regions. This created hybrid grapes that produced a greater variety of wines.
DELICIOUS FINE WINE TODAY
Wine making has been totally revolutionized as an art and science over the last 150 years. With access to refrigeration, it has become easy for wineries to control the temperature of the fermentation process and produce high quality wines in hot climates. The introduction of harvesting machines has allowed winemakers to increase the size of their vineyards and make them more efficient and more efficient.
The wine industry faces the challenge of meeting the demands of an ever-larger market without losing the individual character of its wines. Luckily, technology helps to ensure a consistent supply of quality wines.
Modern wine appreciation pays homage to the timeless art of wine making. It also demonstrates the importance of wine in the history and diversity of European culture.