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In wine tasting vernacular, the term 'body' refers to what?

Body is a tasting term for the perceived weight or fullness of a wine on the palate. Alcohol plays an important role in the body of a wine in that it is the 2nd major component next to water. The higher the alcohol content the more full-bodied it is usually perceived. Dissolved solids, or extract can also contribute to a wine's body. Body is not pertinent to a wine's quality. A good wine can be either full-bodied or light-bodied. However tasting a full-bodied wine usually makes more of an immediate impression on the palate and tends to be more glorified.

Can you name at least two out of the top five countries with the highest annual per capita wine consumption?

Your probable first and most obvious guess is correct - France, tops the list at a little more than 17 gallons of wine consumed per capita. Italy is next at about 16 gallons per capita. Luxembourg is a surprising third, coming in at just under 16 gallons per person. Portugal is 4th at 14.5 gallons. Argentina is 5th with 13.5 gallons per capita. The United States is 29th on the list at just under 2 gallons consumed per capita.

In the Late 1970's, soft drink giant, Coca Cola purchased two California wineries. Can you name them?

If you did your homework by reading this month's story on Lockwood Vineyards, you already know the name of one of the vineyards Coca Cola bought - The Monterey Vineyard! The other operation they purchased was Sterling Vineyards in Napa. Coca Cola's grandiose plan was to come into California and beat Gallo at their own game of making huge amounts of inexpensive wine. The wines were good but did not have anywhere near the predictability and consistency of profit margins that soda drinks have. The pulled out of the market by selling to Seagrams & Sons in the mid 1980's.

Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's The Wine Press, Lockwood Vineyards edition featured in 1995!