by Averill Shepps
Historical wine trivia can be interesting reading. For instance: The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine. The proof of this assertion is that in the olden days, royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was always gone by morning.
Part of a manuscript leaf from a manual for the instruction and guidance of young monks written in a German monastery a thousand years ago: Punishment of drunk monks – 15 days on bread and water if one drank so much that one vomited; 30 days on bread and water if one, when drunk, encouraged others to get drunk; 40 days on bread and water if, through drunkenness, one vomited the communion wine and wafer.
Thomas Jefferson’s salary was $25,000 a year. In 1801 he spent $6,500 for provisions and groceries, $2,700 for servants, and $300 for wine! Jefferson stocked the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents.
The bill for a celebration party for the 55 drafters of the US Constitution was for 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of Port, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and 7 bowls of alcohol punch large enough that a ‘duck could swim in them.”
Charles Baudelaire – “If wine were to disappear from human production, I believe it would cause an absence, a failure in health and intellect, a void much more terrifying that all the recesses and deviations for which the wine is regarded as responsible.
And someone is always counting. The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from the ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.