Modern Marvels

Wine

Season 13, Ep 54, Aired 11/29/06
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  • Episode Description
  • A glass a day is said to keep the doctor away. A defeated Napoleon drowned his sorrows in it; Thomas Jefferson became obsessed with it. Wine is an integral part of our culture and more wine is consumed today than ever before. Supermarket shelves that once carried only box wine and jugs are now lined with wines from Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Aerial imaging and infrared photography once used by NASA to map the moon is now employed by wineries to analyze soil, vine vigor, and even disease. Paying tribute to wine's unique history we will travel the world over to explore wineries, the worlds' most historic wine cellar and the oldest restaurant in Paris.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael

    Narrator

  • Philip Kruener

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: It lifts the spirits and intoxicates the sense. Gods were created for it, now robots bottle it, and sometimes its cost can make a prince a pauper. Not bad for something we shake, stomp and hide underground. Now: Wine, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Commentators: Jeff Stewart Winemaker, Buena Vista Carneros Jim LaMar Editor, Professional Friends of Wine Bo Barrett Winemaker, Chateau Montelena Winery Melissa Staid, PhD Co-founder, VineView Imaging, LLC Tom Goetz Irrigation Designer, Wyatt Irrigation Bob Herrick Owner, Herrick Grapevines Craig Weaver Vineyard Manager, Buena Vista Carneros Bob Stashak Winemaker, Bronco Wine Company Fred Franzia CEO, Bronco Wine Company John Forster Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage Olivier Cavil Champagne Perrier-Jouet Rupert Symington Director, Symington Family Estates David Ridgway Chief Sommelier, La Tour d’Argent David Niederauer Wine Cellar Owner Paul Wyatt Owner, Paul Wyatt Designs

    Trivia (5)

    • One ton of grapes produces about 700 bottles of wine.

    • Think Americans love wine? Some scholars believe the citizens of ancient Rome consumed so much that it surpassed one bottle per day for each of them.

    • Skim just one inch of wine from the top of Bronco’s biggest tank and it’s enough to make 540 cases, equal to 6,480 bottles of wine.

    • Recent scientific studies have suggested that every bottle of champagne generates at least 49 million bubbles by the time it’s finished.

    • Portugal is not just famous for wine, but also for its cork oak trees that supply half of all the world’s corks, nearly seven billion a year.

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