It's Wine O'Clock

Nothing pairs better with Italian food than a glass of wine! From a buttery Chardonnay to a plump Merlot, we've got something for every wine lover to enjoy at Li'l Rizzo's. Keep reading to learn some fun facts about this sophisticated beverage.

21 Wine Fun Facts 

Wine has been around for centuries. It's an old and complex drink, with some fascinating stories. Sharpen your wine knowledge with these fun facts!

1. Wine is made in virtually every country in the world. (However, some regions make much better wine than others.)

2. Approximately 10,000 varieties of wine grapes exist worldwide.

3. The color of the wine tells you about its geographical origin. Darker wines, like dark reds and yellow whites come from warmer climates, while light reds and pale whites come from cooler climates.

4. Most European wines are named after their geographical region. For example, the Bordeaux wine is produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Non-European wines almost always have the name of the grape variety on the label. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon from California.

5. Due to a natural chemical balance, grapes ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water or other nutrients.

6. Eiswein is wine that is made from frozen grapes. It was invented by the Germans.

7. Some people are actually afraid of wine. The intense fear or hatred of wine is known as oenophobia.

8. The "Cheers" ritual started in the Middle Ages, when poisoning was a favorite way to get rid of an enemy. To be sure their glass was poison-free, drinkers would bump glasses to make the drink spill from one cup to another.

9. A crop of newly-planted wine grapes takes about 4-5 years to grow before it can be harvested.

10. Different types of wine should be enjoyed in different glasses. Wine glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate those defining characteristics, directing wine to key areas of the tongue and nose, where they can be fully enjoyed.

11. While all wine is stored at the same temperature, reds and whites are to be consumed at completely different temperatures. Reds should be room temperature, and whites should be chilled.

12. The world's oldest bottle of wine is over 1600 years old and can be found at a museum in Germany. It was buried nearby in 350 CE and was found again in 1867.

13. Hippocrates, known as the father of western medicine, recommended wine as a treatment for many ailments, including diarrhea, lethargy and labor pains. He also used it for lowering fevers and as a general antiseptic.

14. Some people enjoy mixing red wine and coke together. In Spain, this drink is known as Kalimotxo.

15. The antioxidants in red wine may help prevent heart disease. It's believed that drinking red wine in moderation might increase good cholesterol. This would be up to one glass of wine per day for women and up to two for men.

16. For men and women who drink moderately, red wine lessens their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by 30%.

17. Wine glasses should be held by the stem, that way the heat from your hand does not raise the temperature of the wine.

18. Wine is stored laying down because if the bottle is standing up, the cork could dry out and dwindle, possibly dropping into the wine and tainting it.

19. The state of California is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world. The other three are France, Spain and Italy.

20. When tasting wine, you should swirl it in your glass. This releases its powerful aromas.

21. The color of red wine comes from the grape skin. It contains a pigment called anthocyanin that colors the wine.

There's no better place to enjoy a nice glass of wine than at Li'l Rizzo's. Here, it's always wine o'clock! Whether you're looking for the best happy hour around or a place to enjoy a gourmet dinner, be sure to stop by either of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant locations. During happy hour, from 3-6 PM Monday through Friday, enjoy special pricing on our house wines!

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