A new press release demonstrates how to draw attention (as yours is drawn right now) to a press release by including the words “wine”, “cheese”, and “cognitive” in the headline: Diet modifications — including more wine and cheese — may help reduce cognitive decline, study suggests Date: December 10, 2020 Source: Iowa State University Summary: […]
Wine bottle bottom dimple enigma
Why do wine bottles (usually) have a raised-up internal dome-like structure [its technical name is a ‘punt’] at the bottom of the bottle? If you have a theory about such things, yours can be compared to a substantial list of possible explanations – bearing in mind that experts in the field are as yet undecided […]
Wine expert expertise news (2 items)
Two recent bits of news, unrelated to each other, about people who celebratedly taste wine: 1. The 2018 Ig Nobel Prize for biology was awarded to Paul Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Erika Wallin, Erik Hedenstrom, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Marie Bengtsson, Volker Jorger, and Peter Witzgall, for demonstrating that wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence […]
Effects of Red Wine on Pre-Hotdogs
Initial progress is reported on understanding what can happen if you add red wine to hot dogs before the hot dogs are fully hot dogs. This study explains: “Effects of adding red wine on the physicochemical properties and sensory characteristics of uncured frankfurter-type sausage,” Xi Feng [pictured here], Joseph G. Sebranek, Hyun Yong Lee, Dong […]
Getting to the bottom of the Swiss fondue paradox – philosophically
“We review the history of the philosophy of fondue since Aristotle so as to arrive at the formulation of the paradox of Swiss fondue. Either the wine and the cheese cease to exist (Buridan), but then the fondue is not really a mixture of wine and cheese. Or the wine and the cheese continue to […]
The radioprotective blancmange from Saint Petersburg
A research team from Saint Petersburg, Russia, have developed the world’s first radioprotective blancmange. Professor Tamara Arsenyeva and Olga Kukushkina of ITMO University (Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics) explain their concept – a functional dairy product, contributing to a better elimination of radionuclides from the human body – in the […]
Cheese solution to French Paradox?
Of the many and varied possible solutions offered to explain the French Paradox, wine drinking is perhaps the most common. (examples:   ) But not everyone is 100% convinced that the paradox has been resolved once and for all. Some say, perhaps it’s not wine, maybe it’s cheese? A new study (undertaken jointly by […]
How many drinks does it take you to feel drunk?
The answer, it seems, depends on many factors. Gender for example, and also when you ask(ed) the drinkers. A report in the journal Addiction, (Volume 101, Issue 10, pages 1428–1437, October 2006) examined the 1979, 1995 and 2000 US National Alcohol Surveys, and found that : “The mean reported number of drinks to feel drunk […]
Extracting a stuck wine cork — or a new child [patent applications]
Extracting a stuck wine cork from a bottle inspired this method for bringing a child into the world. Jorge Ernesto Odon of Argentina invented a new method for assisting the birth of a child, using an insertable, inflatable bag to grip the child’s head, in the same way one can extract a cork that has […]
Why does wine cry?
Invoking the interaction of differing surface tensions, Dan Quinn answers the question “Why Does Wine Cry”: (HT Aatish Bhatia) BONUS (unrelated, except in that it does involve both wine and crying, and someone who is interested in physics): Video of 22-year-old physics student Daniel Murphy from Dublin crying wine: BONUS (unrelated): Bobbejaan performs the song […]