Would you believe the things people ask about wine…

We’ve all been there.

Perhaps in a pub. At a dinner party, or at a CWO event.

An animated group discussion. The topic could be mundane, could be esoteric. Everyone is weighing in with their opinions.

Suddenly, a question is posed. One that nobody can answer. At least, not definitively.

In days of yore, this unanswered question could have cast a shadow over the rest of the evening. A nagging sense of something not quite right. Loose ends left hanging. A need for closure unfulfilled.

Of course, these days things are different. It’s a simple case of someone whipping out their phone and saying ‘Hang on, let me Google that‘. Naturally, wine inspires all manner of discussions, debates and declarations. That’s why it’s fascinating to see the sorts of wine-related queries people type into the likes of Google and Bing.

Answerthepublic is a great tool which allows you to do exactly that. After plugging in the phrase ‘wine’, below are 10 of the most-popular queries people have typed in. Along with the result Google deemed should appear first. Do you think these deserve to be top of the rankings? Let us know!

Query 1: “Are wine glasses dishwasher safe”?

Answer: “Yes, you can put most wine glasses in the dishwasher. Be sure to use a delicate wash cycle, skip the heated drying cycle, and space glasses so they won’t clink. The best long-term results, though, come from washing special glassware by hand.”

image of queriesAnswerthepublic is a visualisation tool: click image for larger version, opens in new window


Query 2: “Are wine barrels reused?”

Answer: “Used wine barrels are in high demand for Scotch and whiskey production. Distilleries prefer Oloroso Sherrycasks and other dessert wine casks such as Port and Sauternes for aging whiskey.”

Query 3: “How wine was discovered”

Answer: “The oldest-known winery was discovered in the “Areni-1” cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups. Archaeologists also found V. vinifera seeds and vines. … It turns out, the real birthplace of wine may be in a cave in Armenia.”

Query 4: “why wine and cheese”

Answer: “Wine goes with cheese. Meat sandwiches go with a pickle. Green tea goes with Asian food. … Many of the world’s most beloved food combinations pair an astringent food, which causes the mouth to pucker up, with a fatty food, which makes the mouth feel slippery.”

Query 5: “When wine has sediment”

Answer: “There are two main causes of sediment. The first is that it’s just present during most of a wine’s life. Dead yeast cells, bits of grapes and seeds, tartrates and polymers are constantly settling to the bottom of a tank or barrel. Some winemakers like to remove most traces of this sediment before bottling.”

Query 6: “How wine ratings work”

Answer: “Under Parker’s system, wines were evaluated on a 50–100 scale that roughly correlated to an A–F “grade” on the wine. Awine was considered “above average” or “good” if it got a score of at least 85 points. … The popularity of numerical wine ratings became a boon for the wine retailing industry.”

Query 7: “which wine is lowest in carbs”


  • Pinot Grigio: 122 calories, 3.2 carbs.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: 122 calories, 2.7 carbs.
  • Chardonnay: 118 calories, 3.7 carbs.
  • Riesling: 118 calories, 5.5 carbs.
  • Champagne (although low in alcohol content, so you’d need to drink more): 96 calories, 1.5 carbs.

Query 8: “Can wine help a cold”

Answer: “We’ve all heard that drinking lots of liquids can help beat a cold. It helps replace fluids lost from fever and loosens mucus and congestion. … Resveratrol and polyphenols in red wine prevent cold and flu viruses from multiplying after they’ve entered your system.”

Query 9: “When wine freezes”

Answer: “If you find yourself in said situation, you can still drink your wine. Luckily, it’s reasonably tolerant to freezing, so just let the bottle thaw in the fridge, and drink it as soon as you can.”

Query 10: “Where wine came from”

Answer: “The earliest archaeological evidence of wine yet found has been at sites in China (c. 7000 BC), Georgia (c. 6000 BC), Iran (c. 5000 BC), Greece (c. 4500 BC), and Sicily (c. 4000 BC). The earliest evidence of the production of wine has been found in Armenia (c. 4100 BC).”

One final query… “When is the next Chief Wine Officer event?”

Answer: Ok, this didn’t appear in the visualisation above. This is just us trying to do some artificial intelligence and anticipate your next question. Just in case you were wondering, you’ll find the answer to that query at https://www.chiefwineofficer.com/calendar.  We hope to welcome you to an event soon!