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Old 03-26-2011, 04:21 AM   #1
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Default Why is wine considered fancier than beer/spirits?

I was wondering about how it came to be that wine got this image/mystique about it whereas beer and all but the fanciest spirits got quite the opposite?

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:25 AM   #2
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I would think that it is because wine seems to truly and noticably get better with time. Whereas beer (in most cases) does not. So, when both were founded many centuries ago, wine began to come into a league of its own as it aged. Downhill from there I guess.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:32 AM   #3
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I would think that maybe grapes were always harder to grow or owned as a luxury? That would mean that commonly grown grains used to make beer would be for more common folk. I don't have any specific information pertaining to wine and beer, but in the books I've read about mead vs beer, and ales vs lager it always ends up that way. Mead required honey which was more rare than grain so the rich and important drank it. Lagers required cellars which the poor didn't have so they made ale. Just tidbits from different books but sorry, nothing specific about wine.

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As for wine over beer we can blame the Roman Empire.

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grapes are probably alot harder to grow as well as having limited growing areas comapred to grains

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I blame the French.

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I think its because it's not carbonated. Rich people in fancy restaurants don't burp.

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seriously.. it takes a LONG time for a grape vine to mature to the point where it will produce good grapes for fine wine... only now is the Sanoma Valley growing grapes that are on vines old enough to produce world class taste... barley and the stuff we make beer from can get mature very fast in comparison... its all a supply vs demand... wine is good and people like it.. and want it... good wine takes a lot of time just to be able to have good ingredients so supply is relatively small.. so it costs more... so it is a luxury for the wealthy.. and in general the common folk covet what the wealthy have... so it gets the rep and mystique that beer lacks... silly in a way but that's how it works.

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I think its because it's not carbonated. Rich people in fancy restaurants don't burp.
Would make sense if it wasn't for the numerous sparkling wines, most notably Champagne.
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True, but most people have only a small amount of champagne. Regardless, good point.

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