Our third annual Buffalo Uncorked wine tasting event is tonight night at the Hyatt downtown. So if you’re planning to attend, here’s some trivia about wine you might not have known.

Winemaking began in Mesopotamia about 6000 BC.

It takes about 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine.

An acre of grapes can produce about 800 gallons of wine.

A single barrel of wine contains about 60 gallons.

The amount of wine in a bottle is measured in milliliters. The standard for most bottles of wine is 750 ml, or about 25 ounces.

The indentation at the bottom of wine bottles is called a punt.

A wine’s vintage year refers to the year the grapes were harvested.

A grapevine needs about 3 to 5 years before its grapes can be used to make wine. After that they should be able to produce suitable grapes for the next 40 years.

Thomas Jefferson grew grapes and made wine on his estate in Virginia, but he loved French wine from his days as ambassador to France. When he became President he built a wine cellar under the White House and stocked it with more than 20,000 bottles of European wine.

President Johnson was the first president to order only American wines be served at White House functions. But Richard Nixon loved French wine and during his time at the White House he had wine poured from bottles covered in napkins to hide the fact he was drinking French rather than American wine.

SOURCE: about.com, napelesnews.com