Wine Lovers Through the Ages
Through the ages, people have preferred fermented drinks, like wine, over water due to various reasons: they’re safer, more nutritious, and tastes better. That’s why it’s not surprising that it has still found its way to the present. And along its journey from the early times to the modern civilization, fine wines have aided some of the most prominent people we’ve ever known. Through the ages, wine has become an integral part of our lifestyle. It’s even found its way on the country’s seat of power.
Fun Wine Facts
- Wines, French wine in particular, have been a favorite among America’s most influential since the time of George Washington. Thomas Jefferson, who was French ambassador in the 1780s, liked Hermitage Rhones, Sauternes, and Medoc Bordeaux.
- John F. Kennedy was also into Bordeaux wines. Richard Nixon loved Chateau Margaux.
- Claret, or red Bordeaux wine, was so popular it was exported to the UK in the early days. It’s light and fruity, which makes it easy to drink.
- Bordeaux wines are unique in the sense that they are blends of varietals of grapes. Other types of great spirits produced in this region include:
- Cabernet Franc – this red grape is used as a blending grape, mostly with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This can also be used to make a lighter wine called Chinon.
- Merlot – blending this with Cabernet can result to a stronger and more colorful wine. It has various styles—one that has 25 percent Cabernet and one that is lighter, less tannic, and more herbal flavors.
- Cabernet Sauvignon – considered the king of red wines, this can stand alone but is often blended with other grapes. Pure Cabernet Sauvignon produces a fine wines with intensity and rich flavor.
- Sauvignon Blanc – this is white grape that is common in the Bordeaux area. It blends really well with Semillon. It has a prominent “grassy” aroma and considered by some as “poor man’s Chardonnay” because it costs less to grow and produce and sells cheaper.
- In 1861, Abraham Lincoln introduced American fine wines in the White House. Examples of American wines include Cayuga, Chasselas, Chancellor Noir, Black Spanish, Franken Riesling, Millot, and Pinot Chardonnay, among others.
- Barack Obama and wife Michelle are also known for having a liking for fine wines. They even have a wine cellar at home.
- It’s no surprise people love wine. And as time passed by, more and more people continued to drink wine. That is despite other alternatives like soda and beer. Fine wines are still the preferred choice even by celebrities and pop icons.
- Johnny Depp is a huge French wine lover and so is rapper JayZ, who’s into Dom P. Rose.
- Where celebrities are, you’re sure to find great wine selection. Drew Barrymore loves wine so much she has her own winery in Italy. Singer Dave Matthews co-owns a wine label. Even Antonio Banderas has his own winery.
The number of prominent people who love fine wines so much they’ve decided to make money out of it is increasing and that’s probably because wine is such a strong and delicious force in our society that it’s going to stay here even after ages go by.