Price Prejudice Can Impact Wine Enjoyment

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As the blind taste tests on VINE TALK have demonstrated, the most expensive wine is not always the one that people like the best. Furthermore, various studies have shown that in blind taste tests, on average, people are not able to correctly distinguish between inexpensive and expensive wine. However, studies have shown that when people…

Soil-Based Bacteria May Influence Wine Flavor

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A recent study released by Argonne National Laboratory indicates that soil-based bacteria can potentially influence the properties of wine by impacting grape chemistry. An international team of researchers contributed to the study which was recently published in the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Over a two year period, researchers took samples of…

2014 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2014, the US remained the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 21st consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 302 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.2% from the prior year, and each wine-drinking adult drank an average of 3.14 gallons of wine. While…

Researchers Profile the Online Wine Buyer

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A recent study by a team of researchers from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, CA found that the typical US online wine buyer is an older, married man, with higher income than wine consumers who do not purchase wine online. The study was conducted by a team led by Dr….

Climate Change May Be Cause of Poor Cork Quality

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Portuguese researchers recently discovered that rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light brought on by climate change may be the cause of declining cork quality. The research, which was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Botany and reported by Live Science, was performed by a team led by Dr. Rita Teixeira from…

Red Wine May Prevent Cavities

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A new study by a team of scientists from Madrid’s Research Institute for Food Science and the University of Zürich, found that red wine and grape seed extract are effective at removing the bacteria which cause cavities and tooth loss. The study, led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas, was recently published in the Journal of Agricultural…

Direct Sales by US Wineries Surpass $1.5B

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  Direct to Consumer (DTC) shipments by US wineries grew at an impressive 7.5% in 2013, hitting a record $1.57 billion, according to the 2014 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report developed by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines. Total volume was 3.47 million cases, up 9.3% over the prior year. By comparison, according to Nielsen,…

2013 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2013, the US maintained its position as the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 20th consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 297 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.6% from the prior year. According to John Gillespie, President of the Wine Market Council,…

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…