Wine as Medicine: Part Two – The Middle Ages

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, Europe entered the “Dark Ages” where many traditions and much learning were lost, including knowledge of Greek healing—which included the use of wine as a medicine. During this period, it was Byzantine physicians…

“Wine-Inspired” Gifts

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Need a gift for a vinophile, but would prefer to give something more unusual than a wine shop gift certificate or the latest wine accessory? If so, here are some different wine-inspired possibilities that might do the trick. Wine-Flavored Foods Why just drink wine when you can “eat” it too? For the wine lover with…

Corked Wine Suppresses Sense of Smell

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Researchers at Osaka University in Japan recently discovered that cork taint does not intrinsically smell bad. Rather, a chemical associated with cork taint suppresses signals from our noses to our brains, distorting the ability to detect odors. A paper detailing the research study, which was led by Hiroko Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Kato, and Takashi Kurahashi, has been…

What Causes Wine Drinkers to Overpour?

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When pouring wine, have you ever found it hard to assess how much is in the glass? Well, you’re not alone. Researches from Iowa State and Cornell universities have found that wine drinkers unintentionally pour larger servings when their glasses are wider, when they are holding the glasses in their hands, and when there is…

Wine as Medicine: Part One – The Ancient World

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) Wine was widely used as a medicine in the ancient world. In fact, wine is man’s oldest known medicine. It was well suited to this purpose for a variety of reasons. First, it was easy to make. Ancient winemakers used whatever grapes were…

Bulk Wine Shipping

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Consumers perusing the broad array of bottles in their local wine store may not realize that many wines actually travel in giant tanks from their country of origin to markets where they are bottled and sold. In fact, changes in production and consumption, along with economic and environmental factors, have driven a significant increase in…

Celebrity Wine Endorsements Influence Consumers

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In a recent study, Canadian researchers found that the degree of “fit” between a celebrity endorser and a wine can influence a consumer’s perception of the wine’s taste and how much the consumer is willing to pay for the wine. The study was conducted by Antonia Mantonakis of the Goodman School with co-authors and Eric Dolansky (Goodman…

Wine Serving Temperature Guidelines

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The “right” serving temperature for wine is a matter of personal preference. However, the temperature at which a wine is served influences how much one enjoys its qualities because of the impact temperature has on flavor and aromas. Serving wine “too cold” dampens the aroma and accentuates bitterness, while serving wine “too warm” can result…

How Rosé Is Made

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Rosé, also known as rosado in Spain and rosato in Italy, gets its color and tannic structure from the pigment in red grape skins. Any red grape, or combination of red grapes, can be used to make rosé: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc are among those used. Depending upon…

The Wine Habits of Napoleon and Josephine

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When it came to wine, Napoleon Bonaparte was a creature of habit. Although he did drink Champagne to celebrate military victories (uncorked flamboyantly using a sabre), his lifelong wine of choice was Chambertin from Burgundy. At one time, it had been the favorite wine of Louis XIV, and in the late 18th century, it was…