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  • The Need to Store Wine Pushed People to Create Some of the First Storage Devices on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#1) The Need to Store Wine Pushed People to Create Some of the First Storage Devices

    One of the unfortunate things about wine is that if you don't store it right, it doesn't age well and it goes bad. This means that early wine makers either had to drink up awfully fast, or they had to figure out a means of preserving and keeping the wine. In China, dating all the way back to around 7,000 BC, people began making fermented fruit and honey wine, and storing it in earthenware jars. These jars then became pots, amphoras, and eventually the bottles we see today. This storage method could also be used for various foods, meaning people could keep food fresh longer, too.
  • Rasputin Drank Poisoned Wine, but Survived to Be Horrifically Butchered Instead on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#15) Rasputin Drank Poisoned Wine, but Survived to Be Horrifically Butchered Instead

    Rasputin was known as a mystic and an amazing lover, particularly by the wife of the Czar at the time. Playing around with the Czar's wife also earned him a lot of enemies, and they set out to kill him. The first thing they tried was poisoning his wine with a dose of poison large enough to kill five men. It could have ended there, but apparently he really, really liked wine, and swallowed it down with no ill effects. From there, it just gets grisly: determined to kill him, his enemies shot him numerous times (with no luck), cut off his penis, wrapped him in a rug, threw him in a river, buried him, dug him up, and eventually burned his remains
  • Cleopatra Used Wine to Win a Bet (But She Probably Cheated) on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#6) Cleopatra Used Wine to Win a Bet (But She Probably Cheated)

    Wine was always one of this fabled beauty's ploys for greatness. She used drinking to get to know Julius Caesar, and she allegedly had wild drunken parties with her guests. But her most notable use of alcohol was to win over Marc Antony and form one of the most famous romances in history.

    The story goes like this: Cleopatra made a bet with Antony over whether she could spend a small fortune in a single meal. She was determined to impress him and so at dinner time, she brought forth one of the largest pearls then known. She dropped it into a glass of wine, then drank the concoction down. He was, needless to say, impressed. The catch is that she might have made the cocktail using red wine vinegar, in order to dissolve the pearl, instead of plain wine.
  • Wine Led to Glass and Glass Led to Basically Everything Else on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#5) Wine Led to Glass and Glass Led to Basically Everything Else

    Somewhere in all this Greek and Roman winemaking, people started to think that it was high time we found a new way to store wine. We were already using glass to make beads, cups, and little bits of jewelry, but the full range of its use wasn't really explored until the Romans started making glass containers for wine around 100 BC. From there, uses for glass began to pop up everywhere in art and science - and it all began with wanting to store wine better. 
  • Magellan Chose Wine Over Water (with Dangerous Consequences) on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#11) Magellan Chose Wine Over Water (with Dangerous Consequences)

    Magellan may have been a pretty brilliant explorer, but he was also a huge lover of wine and pretty bad at prioritizing. Case in point: When he set out on his voyage, he spent more money on wine than on either weapons or food. In fact, during his travels, he ran out of water before he ran out of wine! This doomed most of his shipmates and lead to the eventual destruction of most of his travel party. All but one of his ships were lost, and we're willing to bet the one that came back still had extra wine to spare. Who knows what might have happened if Magellan had been more interested in fresh spring water than fortified wines?
  • The Ottoman Empire Began to Crumble Thanks to a Love of Wine on Random Events that Wine Changed World and Altered History

    (#10) The Ottoman Empire Began to Crumble Thanks to a Love of Wine

    Süleyman the Magnificent pushed the Ottman Empire to be massive, up to the point where they even had Somalia under their rule. However, his predecessor Selim II preferred getting drunk to expanding his empire, and his favorite drink was wine. In fact, the only time when he tried to really take over anything was when he sought out Cyprus, the maker of his favorite wines. However, Cyprus was having none of that and fought back, killing 90% of his navy and 30,000 sailors. While he was doing all this, the rest of the empire began to call into disrepair, and thus was the beginning of the fall

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Wine has the same long history as human civilization and maybe even older because when we discovered wine, it already existed in ancient social life. Wine has different advantages and functions, corresponding wine stories can be found in ancient Roman, Greek, and Chinese history. WIts production, storage, and trade are all driving the development of civilization and changing the way of life.

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