Saturday Snippets 11th December 2021…After the Mistletoe came the Wine!


Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and for the next few weeks, I am going to try and use prompts that will incorporate a little festivity into the posts without using the word Christmas… this week after much deliberation my word is…Wine!

In the words of Cliff, it was a given that after the Mistletoe came the Wine! I am happy you joined me today to see what connections I have discovered to go with the wine…

What better to go with wine is cheese..they make a perfect pair…

The Treviso factory makes 15 types of cheese, and different wines are used for each including whites, reds and even Prosecco.

They sell about 20,000 wheels a year, and the factory has a stall in Borough Market, London…which is one of my favourite markets in the world especially at Christmas the atmosphere and ambience is something special…

The most popular is Ubriaco di Raboso, which is made with a local red wine, that gives the cheese a deep purple rind.

Each wheel costs between €100 and €200.

It’s unlikely the cheese will make you drunk on its own. However if paired with a hearty glass of wine on the side, it’s sure to help.

Of course, you will be serenaded with a few video’s featuring wine…and continuing with my quest to see how many versions of “Silent Night” I can find there will be one or two of those today…

Quote…“Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.” – Italian proverb…

Did you know?

Wine-flavoured Kit Kats are a thing. You can only get them in Japan (and on Amazon), but of course you can…lol

Oenophobia (fear of wine) is a real thing. It’s a real thing, but I do not have that!.. Phew!

You can off course also add it to your pasta dough! Just saying!

The Waterfall of the wine…Lara State, Venezuela…Dinira National Park.

The waterfall is a fall of river water that has a very peculiar characteristic, the water is red wine colour. This is due to the fact that it contains an organic compound called anthocyanin, which is produced by the roots of the trees that surround the stream throughout its journey, which mixed with the ferrous material that comes off the waters, results in that red colour, like the colour of wine.

Did you know?

Women are better wine tasters. Because wine tasting has so much to do with smell, and women (especially those of reproductive age) have a better sense of smell than men.

Silent Night!

I could drown in that voice…and he pronounces his T”s…

Italy has a free, 24-hour wine fountain…of course, they do…

I am spoilt for choice with songs about wine…Hey, brother pour the wine“ by Dean Martin, Lilac Wine by Nina Simone, Otis Redding with Champagne and Wine, Kisses Sweeter than Wine by Jimmie Rodgers, wow that’s a golden oldie,

Chuck Berry, Jay-Z, Roy Orbison I think everyone at some point has sung about wine…inc Adele…

Did you know?

To quench their thirst, people drank wine instead of water centuries ago. During that time, water wasn’t clean all the time, and natural fermentation, when the wine is made, could kill germs caused by typhi (salmonella) and cholera.

In ancient Greece, the host of dinner would take the first sip of wine to assure that the wine served to guests wasn’t poisoned. The act of courtesy was where the phrase “drinking to one’s health” originated….Cheers!

Did you know?

Wine had been previously kept in goatskin bags.

The Englishman Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665) invented the dark green wine bottle we all know today…

Bottles with animal symbols on the label are known as “critter wine.”…Wine marketers have drafted in various members of the animal kingdom, including kangaroos, crocodiles and penguins, as they attempt to make their wines look fun and dynamic. The trend has given birth to a whole new category – critter wines – playing on American slang for animal.

That’s it for today’s Saturday Snippets…I hope you have enjoyed reading about “Wine”…Cheers!

















30 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 11th December 2021…After the Mistletoe came the Wine!

  1. dgkaye

    Interesting snippets for sure. I love Kit Kats and red wine, but I prefer to keep them separate lol. Loved the cheese vid. That’s the kind I buy all the time ‘drunken’ goat cheese. Yum! ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      There are many wonderful versions of Silent Night of which Elvis has sang one of them.. More to come… I find the history of how traditions and meanings originated fascinating… 😀 x


  3. petespringerauthor

    Fear of wine? Okay, I believe you, even though I’ve never heard of it. My sister-in-law recently retired from a winery. There go all of our perks.

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  4. johnrieber

    Carol, I love this post so much! I am going to try and share it tomorrow….also, I shared a story once that included a video of Daryl Hall and John Oates singing their song “Intravino” with the lyrics: “Give me wine wine, I need Intravino, wine wine I need it every day-o!” Here’s the video if interested:

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  5. beetleypete

    Got to rush, I am on my way to that place in Italy with the free wine fountain… 🙂
    I never liked the way that UB40 managed to get themselves asociated with that song. It was written by Neil Diamond, and the much better (earlier) reggae version was recorded by Tony Tribe. I had the single on Tpojan Records, in 1969.

    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thanx for the link to the Tribe version, Pete…I still prefer UB40’S though…I hope you don’t get quarantined on your way to the free wine fountains….x

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    I always wonder what it would have been like drinking wine and ale instead of water. I don’t think I would want to be without our safe supply of water, though perhaps those ancestors who lived by pure mountain streams had healthy livers. We did see a waterfall in Italy that was switched on and off at regular intervals, but I have ever seen a wine waterfall.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I could not do without my water either, Janet…I’m guessing that it was a man-made waterfall if so they generally generate electricity so do turn on and offer maybe it was a wine one and you didn’t know it there appears to be quite a few in Italy 🙂 I hope your treatment is going well with the minimum of side effects 🙂 x

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