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Some interesting wine facts:
The United States is the world's biggest consumer of wine with 3.07 billion litres, that's 4.1 billion 750ml bottles! France came in second at 2.8 billion litres and Italy third with 2.04 billion litres being drunk. Chinese wine drinkers got through 1.58 billion litres.
Only 32% of Chinese wine drinkers said they drank wine because they liked the taste (Wine Intelligence 2013 report). The majority drank it for reasons of status with much of it being mixed with soft drinks like Coke Cola, even Grand and Premier Cru wines!
- Three bottles of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1869 were sold at a Hong Kong auction by Sotheby’s in October 2010. The final price of $232,692 a bottle set a record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction. At $232,692 a bottle, the Lafite 1869 works out to about $29,000 a glass, or more than $2,000 a sip.
- Wine makers are using diseases of grape vines to make distinctive wines. The French sweet wine Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as "noble rot". Australian wine maker, d'Arenberg, produce The Dead Arm Shiraz. Dead-arm, sometimes called Grape Canker, is a disease of grapes caused by a wood rot of the arms or trunk of the grapevine. As the disease progresses over several years, one or more arms may die, hence the name "dead arm" and eventually the whole vine will die.
- Wine grapes contain several components which are said to give potential health benefits, these include resveratrol and procyanidins. French Madiran wine and Uruguayan Tannat wines appear to have the highest levels of resveratrol. See more in the Health and Wine section of this website.