>> Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wine is one of the few things for which the people in every part of the world are crazy and it has remained as one of the most popular beverage throughout the history. The facts reveal that people have been enjoying this extremely tempting beverage from the last four thousand five hundred years.
The first sip:
Since 6000B.C people have been drinking this incredible drink. The wine residues were found during the Neolithic era in the present day sites of Iran and Georgia. The first drops of wines as per the research have shown that the wines existed in Iran from 5400 B.C to 5000 B.C. no one yet is much sure about the history of the wines, we all know that the wines were drunk by many people in the middle east in 2500B.C. Egyptians have specified in the Old Testament about the usage of grapes in the wines.
Wines in Egypt:
Wines were popular in the ancient Egypt and they were used in many of the rituals and ceremonies. They usually drank red wine however a recent discovery has shown that they even drank white wines. But red wines were more popular than the white wines. In the Ancient walls of the Egyptian tomb, there are scenes depicted about the process of wine making plus there are the lists of the different types of the wines available during their regime.
Wines in Greece and Rome:
The Greeks have initiated many wine traditions that are been followed in the modern era of wine culture. This drink was so important to them that there existed a deity of wine and revelry called as Dionysus. They also had a festival in the honor of the deity which was called as the Anthesteria where in the Greece had several wine related contests. There are many references about wine in the Greece culture they are mostly reflected in the writings of Homer and Aesop.
Wine has been a very popular drink even in the ancient Roman Empire; it was an integral part in the Roman diet. This was the time when the process of wine making was transferred as a big time business and the methods also improved during this tenure. This was the first time when there was usage of bottles for the storage purpose and barrels huge barrels were used to shift them or in other words ship them.
During the dark ages the environment in the world was not much stable, there was chaos all round the world. Because of the existence of different cultures the uniform methods of wine making were no more. Different people produced wines with different methods. However this tenure did not see much growth in the wine industry.
Wine in modern days:
During this time wine has become more popular than ever. There has been an increase in the retail sales of the wines from 30% to 50%. Thus wines have become the talk of the day and people are consuming them more and more. They are pairing wines with food and enjoying this crazy drink to the core.
Source: Napa Valley Wine Tours