Century when the elite classes in Italy began using a single wine glass per individual. Before then, even in formal banquets, glasses were shared by two or more guests. As part of the Italian style of refined dining, each guest at a dinner would also use an individual fork. Italy was the first country in Europe where wine glasses and forks were used individually, rather than shared.
Number of different gins at Singapore’s Atlas Bar, No. 15 on this year’s list of the World’s Best 50 Bars. The gin collection, which includes aged gins dating back to 1910, is considered one of the largest in the world. The bar is described as The Great Gatsby meets southeast Asia.
Percentage of vineyard workers in the Napa Valley who are Latina women, up from fewer than 5% just five years ago. Gender diversity in vineyards is now a way of life in California where a severe labor crisis has meant fewer male workers. See my blog How Latina Women Are Saving California Wine in an upcoming WineSpeed.
Percentage of U.S. cannabis consumers over age 21 in cannabis-legal states who also drink alcohol, according to Boulder, Colorado-based BDS Analytics. Wine industry experts wonder what this means for the wine industry. Will some percentage of a consumer’s “intoxication budget” now go to cannabis instead of cabernet?
Number of miles China’s new wine train traverses on its route from Beijing to Ningxia (ning-SHA), one of China’s top wine regions. While on the train, guests can taste Ningxia wines, get facials with wine-infused masks, and dine on Ningxia culinary specialties. Ningxia, on the edge of the Gobi Desert, is often called the “Napa Valley of China.”
Amount (in millions of U.S. dollars) raised during the recent Sonoma County Wine Auction, a new record for the charity event. Nearly half of the funds will be used to assist with post-fire housing. More than 5,300 homes were lost in the October 2017 fires in Sonoma County and many people are still in temporary living quarters.
Percentage more rosé Americans drank in 2017 than they did in 2016 (and 2016 itself was 44% up over 2015), according to Beverage Industry News. It’s anyone’s guess how much more rosé will be consumed by the end of 2018, but analysts say a rosé glut driven by many hundreds of new brands could be around the corner.
Number of employees of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the largest distributor in North America and one of the most valuable companies in the country with $18 billion in annual revenue. Southern Glazer’s distributes more than 5000 wine and alcoholic beverage brands, more than any U.S. distributor in history.
Number of years that the chili peppers used in Tobasco’s new hot sauce will be aged (in salt) before being blended with sparkling wine and vinegar. The new “Diamond Reserve Sauce” was created in honor of Tabasco’s 150th anniversary. Available now for $35 on Tobasco’s website, Diamond Reserve is being billed as the “Champagne of pepper sauces.”
Number of my followers on Facebook who were asked if they know why white wine glasses are smaller than red wine glasses. Among the responses: 1) There are small glasses? 2) Because the glass industry needs to sell more product. 3) Because red wine drinkers drink more. 4) Because with a smaller glass, you don’t have to drink as much of that crappy chardonnay your husband bought.