If you’re a wine lover, you should check out some of the following uses for this beverage. While most people choose to drink their wine the good old fashioned way, there are other uses for this beverage, some of which may surprise you. Keep reading for our list of 5 surprising wine uses.
Are you out of your favorite meat marinade and don’t want to make a special trip to the grocery store? No worries, you can marinate your meat in red wine to improve its flavor. Just fill a plastic bag or container with red wine along with your choice of meat, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Once it’s finished, your meat will be infused with delicious red wine flavors and aromas!
#2) Dye Shirts and Fabrics
Sometimes red wine stains are intentional rather than accidental. You can change the color of a towel, shirt, blanket or practically any other fabric into a light pink by soaking it in red wine. Red wine is nearly impossible to get out, making it an excellent dye. Once the garment or fabric is dyed, you can wash it using cold water without fear of fading its new pink coloring.
#3) Hair Conditioner
Yep, wine can also be used as conditioner for your hair. Some people swear by its rejuvenating hair effects. Wine, especially red wine, contains numerous antioxidants and nutrients. It’s believed these key nutrients help to strengthen hair and fight frizz. Many people pour red wine through their hair while they are in the shower. After it sits and settles into their hair, they rinse it out with water.
If you thought washing your hair with red wine was unusual, you’ll really be shocked to hear that people bathe in the stuff. There are dozens of spas throughout the world that specialize in red wine baths. Clients are able to relax in a pool or tub filled with the beverage. So, what’s the purpose of a wine bath? It’s known to moisturize the skin, fight cellulite, alleviate sunburns, and much more.
#5) Glass Cleaner
A fifth surprising use for wine is cleaning glass surfaces. Whether it’s the windows in your home, car windshield or glass coffee table, wine is incredibly effective at cleaning these surfaces. The high acid content in wine eats through tough stains without leaving behind any permanent residue. Depending on the type of wine, you may need to go back over it with a damp cloth so it’s not sticky, but wine is an excellent glass cleaner.
Many distinguished wineries, critics and connoisseurs have long believed that wine quality is directly related to the soil, climate, geology, temperature and vineyard practices. The term used to describe this ‘bundle’ of elements in wine production is terroir, and it’s the fundamental principle driving France’s wine industry. While all of these elements certainly play a role in the production of wine, a recent study suggests that microbes play an equally important — if not more — role as terroir. To learn more about the effect of microbes wine production, keep reading.
Researchers at the University of California performed a detailed analysis of 273 different wine grapes that were grown throughout various parts of California. The team used advanced DNA sequencing to identify even the smallest microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc) living on the surface of the grapes.
It’s important to note that the team didn’t test the actual grapes, but instead they tested the grape ‘must’ — a combination of grape skins, juice and seeds that’s mixed and mashed into a pulp-like texture. The grape must was then flash frozen to preserve any microbes living within in. The team then performed a DNA sequencing analysis of each of the 273 samples to identify their microbes.
The team found that grape microbes varied greatly depending on their origin. This new solidifies the theory that microbes contribute to terroir. For instance, a Pinot noir produced in Southern California may taste different than a Pinot noir produced in Northern California. This is due to the fact that each region has its own unique set of microbes, and these microbes contribute to the wine’s flavor, texture, aroma and overall quality.
“The study results represent a real paradigm shift in our understanding of grape and wine production, as well as other food and agricultural systems in which microbial communities impact the qualities of the fresh or processed products,” said Microbiologist David Mills.
So, what does this study mean for the future of wine production? Well, it’s no secret that some regions produce better wines than others (take Sonoma and Napa Valley, for instance); however, this study lays the foundation as to why phenomenon occurs. Scientists have long debated the factors which contribute to a wine’s quality, but this study reveals the different microbe growths depending on regional conditions.