Friday, July 15, 2016

Crazy Customs Surrounding Wine

The act of drinking wine is, in all honesty, and emotional one. When you've had a long day at the office, you sit down with a glass of your favorite Missouri wine. If you are celebrating the nuptials of a dear friend or family member, you toast to their good health with a glass of wine. When you're happy, and partying with your girlfriends for a night on the town, it's not uncommon to pop a cork and drink to the occasion. Wine is often involved in emotional celebrations or laments, and this is proof from all of the crazy customs around the world that have to do with wine!

Wine In A Shoe?

In Ukraine, it's a common custom when you attend a wedding, to steal the shoe of the bride. Now, you do have to do this while she's sitting, and if you are successful, you earn the right to make some light-hearted demands from the guests. One of the most popular ones is that they have to drink wine from the bride's shoe. This doesn't sound like the most practical way to enjoy the true flavor of the wine, but thankfully they now strap a glass to the shoe and drink for that - normally.

Toast to Georgia

Now, this isn't the state, but the country. While it's not unusual to toast with wine, the individuals in Georgia take it to a whole new level. They take toasts very seriously, and if you ever find yourself out there and at authentic supra (feast), you shouldn't be surprised when you are expected to indulge in more than 20 toasts over the course of the evening.

Wine on the Rocks

Are you a connoisseur who is cringing at the thought? Well in Japan it's extremely trendy to drink yours with ice. Apparently is has a simple and brisk taste. We're not sure if it's true or not, but I think we'll just stick with chilled wine for now.

Coca-Cola Wine

As if you weren't cringing enough from imagining wine and ice together, now many Europeans are drinking their wine mixed with cola! It's becoming more and more popular, especially in France. Though, in Spain, they've created a concoction known as kalimotxo, which mixes cola and cheap red wine.

Wine War

Of course, when the Spaniards aren't mixing cola in their wine, they are throwing it on each other! The Haro Wine Festival in La Rioja, Spain basically has a town-wide wine fight on June 29th. They all dress in white clothes and then enjoy the whole night and next day filling water guns with wine and spraying each other down. It was started to celebrate the Feast of Saints Paul and Peter, but we know they really just wanted to have a wine war ;).

Fire, Ice, & Wine

In Portugal, they have a fun way of opening their wine bottles! They take a pair of tongs, heat them in a fire, and then clamp them around the neck of the bottle. Then the put the bottle in ice, and the sudden temperature change causes the bottle to cleanly break where the clamps are. This creates a mess free opening without any real disturbance of the wine!

Start Your Own Custom at the Best Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks

Do you have any fun customs surrounding your wine? We'd love to hear them! Better yet, come share them with us in person when you come out to enjoy the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have many varieties for you to enjoy, from red to white, and even beer if that's what pleases your palette. We can't wait to see you here this weekend for your favorite wine!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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