Why are most wine bottles tinted?

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Wine keeps best in dark glass. Most wine bottles by reason of tradition are some shade of green. However, dark glass prevents consumers from being impressed by the color of a wine. Probably the most research in this area has been done by the Champagne producers. In fact, Roederer's Cristal Champagne is bottled in clear glass but is wrapped in orange tissue to filter out the ultra-violet light. Many Rosés are bottled in clear glass too because of the visually appealing color. But of course most Rosés are not made to age for an extensive period of time.

Which European country has the largest acreage of vineyards?

You guessed France, right? But surprisingly, Spain has more vineyard acreage than any other country in the world. The country has about 50% more vineyard land than both France and Italy. they are not the top producer of wine however. Due to Spain's arid climate and ban on irrigation, their vineyards produce a very low yield per acre.

Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's The Wine Press, DeMoor Winery edition featured in 1994!