Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 54


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 29, 2006 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions