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Much Ado About Something

“The market for wine-bottle closures is a $4 billion battlefield where an epic confrontation is now taking place.” – George Taber, from To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle

The much-needed discussion about wine closures is upon us and none other than George M. Taber is taking the podium.  Former reporter and editor of Time Magazine, Taber is no stranger to wine. His earlier book Judgement in Paris captured the moment when California bested the great wines of Bordeaux, and it quickly became the definitive text on the subject.  With his new book, Taber has once again brought clarity to a major controversy in the wine world.

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The Proof is in the Nose!

A new study bolsters the science behind our Wine Foundation Program.

The January Issue of the peer-reviewed science journal Nature Neuroscience has published an article entitled “Mechanisms of scent-tracking in humans.”

Until now, the common belief within the scientific community was that humans had a poor sense of smell. The article submits evidence that people can track scents through an open field like a bloodhound.

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What the Nose Knows – A Review

If I were to describe a wine as boasting a nose with hints of geosmin (damp earth), phenylethyl alcohol (rosy scent), some methylthiobutryate (feces), and a lingering waft of androstenone (truffle) in the finish, you would rightly think that I was full of said methylthiobutryate.

Lucky for us, Avery Gilbert isn’t.  And his book What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life is one truly delightful and enlightening book.

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