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Imbibe Texan Wine on The Bluebonnet Wine Trail

February 3rd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Wine Trail

Wine Trail

The Bluebonnet Wine Trail is the perfect trail to enjoy true Texan  Wine.  The B&B, located directly on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, is  close to Saddlehorn Winery, Windy Winery, Pleasant Hill Winery, Texas Star Winery and Messina Hof Winery!  Each of these wineries offers a unique take on Texas Wine and is a great way to experience the uniqueness of different vintners and their definitive twist on hand crafted, small production artisan Texan wine.  Not  only will you experience great wine, meet delightful vintners and enjoy the overall ambiance that a true Texas winery offers, you will delight in the beautiful drive through the hills and vales on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

Throughout the year the Bluebonnet Trail offers fun food and wine pairings and events at each winery. During your Bluebonnet Wine Trail  tours & tastings, often done by the vintners themselves,  some of the few fun facts and trivia about wine you might just hear during the conversation.

  • Full body doesn’t necessarily mean intense flavor
  • Generally, the longer the finish, the better the wine
  • More than 80% of the ability to taste comes from the smell
  • Four clusters of grapes produces one bottle of wine
  • There are approximately 20 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year
  • To speed up the chilling process, place 2 T. of Kosher salt in the ice bucket
  • To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour an ounce, which will settle quickly. Pouring the remainder of the serving into this starter will not foam as much.
  • Old wine almost never turns to vinegar. It spoils by oxidation!
  • When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in A.D. 79, it also buried more than 200 wine bars.
  • The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years!
  • The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose
  • The foot-stomping method is still used in production of many of the finest ports
  • Only 20 of the 400 species of oak is used to make oak barrels for aging wine, the average tree age being 170 years Wine Bottle glass and rose petals
  • White wine becomes darker in color as it ages, while red wine becomes lighter in color
  • Wine contains more chemical compounds than blood
  • Wine tannin comes from the skin and seeds and of the grape
  • Wine is known as nectar of the gods, but the Sangiovese grape was actually named after a god: “Blood of Jove”
  • The most common fining agent? Egg whites. Bull’s blood and gelatin have also been used.

Now for a little wine trivia:

  • Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome.
  • The Vikings called America Vinland (“wine-land” or “pasture-land”) for the profusion of native grape vines they found there around A.D. 1000.
  • At the center of Greek social and intellectual life was the symposium, which literally means, “drinking together.” Indeed, the symposium reflects Greek fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion.
  • When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries. (Trivia and fun facts courtesy of local vintners at Windy Winery🙂

Book your room today  and sip your  way down the Bluebonnet Wine Trail!

(Photo courtesy of Fast Forward Productions)

 

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