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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wine Wednesday: Monks and Rome

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Welcome to Wine Wednesday, where ever Wednesday you'll learn a fun and interesting fact about wine! Have a fact of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  




Fact: 
We have monks to thank for our wine

Monastic orders such as the Cistercians and Benedictines preserved and innovated the art of winemaking during the Middle Ages. It is thanks to their research and indefatigable efforts we have such an elaborate winemaking technology today. One of the world’s most famous Champagnes Dom Pérignon was named after a monk. Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), an early advocate of organic wine-making, experimented with new methods, successfully improving the winemaking process. His practices and techniques are still used today.

Fun Fact: 
Roman women could be killed for drinking wine. Say what?!

Women in early Rome were forbidden to drink wine, and a man who caught his wife drinking was legally allowed to kill her.

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