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…

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…

The UK “Government Wine Cellar”

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In late March, the UK government pulled out a few bottles from its wine collection, sold them at auction, and pocketed almost £75,000 (US $115,275) which it plans to use to replenish its wine cellar. Wait—a government with its own wine cellar? It may seem odd, but when you think about it, many a person…

US Wine Consumption Grows in 2012

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In 2012, the US maintained its position as the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 19th consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 295 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 2.8% from the prior year. According to the Wine Market Council’s 2012 Consumer Tracking Study,…

340-Year-Old Tree Made into Wine Barrels

In 2005, the Bordeaux barrel-maker Tonnellerie Sylvain (Sylvain Cooperage) paid a record-breaking 37,790 euros for a 340-year-old oak tree auctioned by the French government. The tree was the last of the oldest oaks from the Morat Grove of the ancient Tronçais forest. It had been planted during the reign of Louis XIV at the direction…

US$172,000 “Bottle” of Wine

Penfolds is releasing a limited edition glass ampoule containing its rare 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Each ampoule contains the equivalent of one bottle of wine (750ml) and costs approximately US$172,000. According to Penfolds, the vessel is a “beautiful objet d’art designed to store wine in an ideal environment.” The handblown ampoule is securely…

Red Wine Made into Dress

Researchers at the University of Western Australia have discovered a way to make red wine into clothing, no weaving required. Scientist Gary Cass got the idea when he noticed a skin-like rubbery layer covering a vat of wine that was contaminated with Acetobacter, a non-hazardous bacteria. Working with artist Donna Franklin, they developed this material…

Wine Crimes

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Counterfeiting, vandalism, arson. Here’s a rundown of some of the more notorious “wine crimes” that have been in the news recently… Wine Collector Indicted for Counterfeiting In May 2012, Rudy Kurniawan, a collector of fine and rare wines who represented himself as an expert skilled at detecting counterfeit wine, was arrested on charges that he…