It’s another fantastic week with summer and warm sunny days on our heels. Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill offers a great reprieve after a day of hiking, weekend of camping or any other fun in the sun. And, as we approach some hot days you don’t have to go to the grocery store to cool off. Come on in, grab a cold beer, watch a game and cool off.
I hope everyone enjoyed the post about Roy Smallwood, and don’t forget to visit his Facebook page and blog. If you missed it, then be sure to go back and read it.
Here are some interesting facts about wine for you this week:
- “Vinifera” actually means: grape varietals originating from Europe. The species covers thousands of different varieties including most of the best known like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Grapes such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, are classified as “native” grapes.
- Why would you use an oak barrel in wine making?
- Oak does wonders for wine because it has a tendency to pull the tannins, acid, and alcohol into a perfect balance. Oak adds another dimension to the bouquet and flavor; it increases the acidity, lowers the pH, releases tannins and adds to the overall complexity. Hints of caramel, coconut, vanilla, roasted nuts are characteristics that can be found in oaked wine.
- If newer oak barrels were used in the wine making process, the wines will often have a hint of vanilla in both the aroma and flavor.
- The corkscrew was designed in the mid 1800’s.
- There are approximately 85 calories per 4 ounces of wine.
- California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
- There are approximately 60 gallons of wine per barrel.
- 400 grapevines make up one acre.
- The Mesopotamians are credited the producing the first wines in 6000 B.C.
Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!