There’s so much to know about wine – as if the nuances in taste and flavor of each bottle are not enough, the rich history of wine making, which dates back thousands of years ago, should keep any wine enthusiast busier than ever. Wine club owner Bennett Kireker finds that sharing facts and bits and pieces of trivia about wine have gotten people more interested in it both as a drink and a hobby. Here are some little known facts that may surprise budding wine drinkers:
- Cabernet Sauvignon was a chance occurrence – Cabernet Sauvignon is a favorite among wine clubs, even with Bennett Kireker. His New York wine club reviews everything from Pinot Noirs to Cabernet Sauvignons. Believe it or not, the Cabernet Sauvignon was a happy accident that happened around the 17th century, turning out to be a cross between the Cabernet Franc and the Sauvignon Blanc. To this day, no one knows how the chance crossing happened or who may have instigated it, which should give wine drinkers something to ponder on as they enjoy a glass.
- Malbec has its roots in France – Malbec has become synonymous with South America, but this purple grape variety originated in France. One reason why Malbec never took off in France is because it was not pest-resistant. What France lost was South America’s gain however. For instance, in Argentina, Malbec has become the national variety. Malbec is another favorite of Bennett J. Kireker.
- Not all wines are meant to be aged – It’s a common misconception among beginners that all wines are supposed to be aged. However, only few wines are meant to sit for years, and even then, it’s only for a span of five years. This also means to say that not all wines taste better with age, and these should be consumed immediately.
For any questions about wine, feel free to ask Bennett Kireker, or better yet, join his wine club in New York.