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10 Little-known Wine Facts


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Grapes may have made the first beer.
Swap that wine glass for a stein -- grapes have also been used to make beer.
Swap that wine glass for a stein -- grapes have also been used to make beer.
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If wine wasn't the first alcoholic beverage, then the yeast from grapes was used to make the first beer.

In history as in the barroom, wine has its advocates and beer has its advocates, and some historians believe people made beer before they made wine.

But the skin of the grape proved to be essential even in this process. The yeast from the foam of the skin of fermenting grapes is a catalyst to fermenting honey, fruits and barley, which is the start of a good beer.


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