Number of votes I received in a recent Facebook poll asking people’s favorite drinking toasts. (The holidays are right around the corner). Some predictable choices included the Irish Sláinte and the Italian Cin-Cin, both translating roughly as “to your health.” Other responses: Anita J. liked the Hungarian Egészségedre; Jake Z. voted for the Hebrew L’Chaim; and Karen G. preferred the Scandinavian Skoal.
Percentage of Americans who named Ranch as their favorite salad dressing in a 2017 study by the Association for Dressings and Sauces. (Yup, there’s an association for that). Its closest competitor in the same study? Italian dressing, which came in at 10 percent.
Number (in millions) of preserved fish housed in two World War II bunkers south of New Orleans, LA. The Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection, founded in 1950, is the largest preserved fish collection in the world. According to Atlas Obscura, the archive is a vital source of information for scientists researching the effects of climate change on ocean life.
Number of acres of riesling in Washington State, making it (by far) the capital of riesling in the United States. Riesling is the third most planted grape in that state after cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Some 64% of Washington riesling is made by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which collectively shipped over 8 million cases of wine last year.
Century in which the Italian word cappuccino was first introduced into the English language, according to Merriam-Webster. Unlike other espresso beverages, cappuccino was named—not after coffee—but after an order of monks called the Capuchins. The robes which the Capuchin friars wore closely resembled the color of a cappuccino beverage.
Number of millions of vines planted in England and Wales in the last 2 years, according to the trade group Wine GB. Last year, nearly 6 million bottles of wine were produced in the U.K. By 2040, wine production is expected to reach 40 million bottles, most of it sparkling.
Year in which the term “Champagne flute” made its first appearance in the French dictionary. However, flutes had already been used for over a century. Champagne was typically drunk out of small conical glasses with little or no stem until Britain and France began using taller, more elongated glassware (or flutes) in the mid- to late-1700s.
Ranking of honey, behind milk and olive oil, among foods most likely to be adulterated according to the US Pharmacopeia’s Food Fraud Database. U.S. honey consumption has doubled since the 1990s, but American bees now produce 35% less honey. Imported Asian honey, sometimes diluted with corn, rice, and beet syrup, currently fills the gap.
Cost (in U.S. cents) of a school lunch in the 1930s, according to School Lunches in America: A Brief History. On the menu back then: bread and butter sandwiches (the country was in the midst of the Depression). The average cost of a school lunch today: $3. The U.S. school lunch program is now a $10 billion a year business.
Age of what historians suspect is the oldest bottle of wine in the world. Dating back to 350 A.D., the bottle was discovered in the 1860s buried in a Roman nobleman’s grave near the German city of Speyer. While the contents inside the bottle remain liquid—thanks to some olive oil and the bottle’s wax sealant, according to The Daily Mail—this vintage may be a bit past its prime.