wine

Red or white? Wine preference reveals a lot about your personality, survey determines

Red or white? New research revealed your choice of wine can say a lot about your personality. If you like “Game of Thrones,” consider yourself an introvert, and enjoy traveling, results found you’re probably into red wine. Conducted in advance of National Wine Day on May 25, the survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 21-plus) looked at the differences in personality traits between those who drink red wine to those who prefer white. The findings revealed that white wine drinkers are more likely to be night owls and extroverts, as well as more likely to listen to punk music. Commissioned by Coravin and conducted by OnePoll, results found white wine drinkers were also more likely to identify as curious, sarcastic and perfectionists. On the other hand, red wine drinkers were more likely to identify as adventurous, humble and organized. Red wine drinkers were also more likely to identify as early birds, listen to jazz, and consider themselves to be “wine aficionados” (45 percent vs. 31 percent). In addition to looking at the differences in personality, the survey also examined each groups’ knowledge when it came to drinking wine, as well as hosting and attending events. It found that red wine drinkers had the knowledge to back up their claim of “wine aficionado” — they were more likely to know how to correctly hold a wine glass (73 percent vs. 65 percent), know what “tannins” are (53 percent vs. 45 percent) and know how long it takes for wine to oxidize (64 percent vs. 54 percent). They were also more likely to consider it a turn-off if a date wasn’t knowledgeable about wine (46 percent vs. 40 percent), and were willing to spend slightly more on wine — averaging $40 a bottle. The average respondent, in any group, drinks four glasses of wine per week, and the favorite place to drink — regardless of wine preference — was found to be at home (72 percent). But 62 percent will forego drinking a glass of wine after work or with dinner, because they don’t want to open a new bottle. In addition to drinking in the comfort of their own home, the survey found that 49 percent of respondents enjoy drinking wine at events or gatherings, preferred over drinking at a bar (43 percent). And, while at an event, three-quarters will drink what everyone else is drinking, even if they’d prefer something else. (After hosting an event, people admit to throwing out an average of three partially-full bottles of wine.) Americans do try to stop the waste, though: The average respondent finishes three bottles of wine a month to stop them from going to waste, but throws out two partially-full bottles that have gone bad. “Enjoying a glass of whatever wine someone is in the mood for, doesn’t need to be wasteful. There are more amazing wines available now than ever before. Wine lovers should be able to enjoy the wine they love, in the amount they want, without thinking about when they are going to return to that bottle,” said Greg Lambrecht, founder and inventor of Coravin, a wine-preservation system. Click here for more.

Happy National Wine Day!   🙂

Israeli vintners recreate wine Jesus and King David likely drank

What did Jesus drink? It’s something many an oenophile has contemplated for eons. But now Israeli vintners are trying to answer that age-old question using “Jurassic Park”-style DNA technology. With frequent references to wine in the Bible and many sacred texts, there’s no doubt that the beverage played an important role in ancient times. Israeli winemaker Recanati Winery has just released the first bottles of a new wine called marawi, and it’s the first vintage to be commercially produced by an Israeli winery from indigenous grapes. The idea started as a project out of the West Bank’s Ariel University that used DNA testing of ancient seeds to recreate the wines that would have been drunk during the time of King David and Jesus Christ. Marawi, also known as hamdani, and jandali grapes were traced back to A.D. 220 based on reference in the Babylonian Talmud that mentioned “gordali or hardali wine.” “All our scriptures are full with wine and with grapes — before the French were even thinking about making wine, we were exporting wine,” said Ariel team’s lead researcher and wine producer Eliyashiv Drori told the New York Times. “We have a very ancient identity, and for me, reconstructing this identity is very important. For me, it’s a matter of national pride.” Unlike the red table wine representing the blood of Christ featured in Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”—and served at many Catholic communions—marawi is an easy drinking white wine that “opens slightly in the glass with gentle aromas of apple and peach.” Drori’s quest to recreate Jesus’ wine began in 2005. The vintner, who has a Ph.D. in agriculture, started his own boutique vineyard, Gvaot, in 2005 in a West Bank settlement. He says he came upon a “neglected vine with small, very sweet white grapes” and decided to try making wine from them. Drori received $750,000 from the Jewish National Fund to continue researching 120 different grape varietals with DNA profiles that are distinct from all imports. Around 20 of those varietals have been classified as suitable for wine production. Concurrently, researchers have been using DNA identification and a three-dimensional scanner to identify 70 grape varietals from old burned and dried seeds found in archaeological digs. Drori and his team are matching the ancient seed samples to live grapes growing in the region, with the hope that someday they can reengineer ancient fruit entirely using a “Jurassic Park” style extraction process.

Fascinating!!   🙂