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The Secret to Pairing Wine and Food: Texture - Wine Spectator

The Secret to Pairing Wine and Food: Texture - Wine Spectator | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

MA study finds that the best wine for your dinner depends on how it coats the palate. Many wine lovers put a lot of effort into finding that perfect match—the wine-and-food pairing that makes the sum greater than the parts. Sauternes and foie gras, anyone? But a new study suggests texture matters more than flavor combinations when it comes to pairing.

Naturally, it was a French scientist who discovered why red wine goes so well with steak. When an international team of taste researchers began comparing notes about food-and-beverage pairings common to their native cuisines, flavor scientist Catherine Peyrot des Gachons, who works at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, noticed that something other than flavor drove many of the combinations. Whether it was red wine with meat or sushi with tea, many of the traditional meals mixed something oily with something astringent. As she soon learned, the texture that results from the interplay of fats and astringents, not just flavors of the foods themselves, makes the combinations so pleasurable.

Peyrot des Gachons' research, detailed in a new paper published in the journal Current Biology, explains how popular combinations of food and drink produce a desired feeling of optimal oral lubrication. Fatty foods overlubricate the mouth, while astringent food and drink dries it out. When used in combination, though, animal fats and astringent chemicals, like the tannins or acids in wine, react with each other chemically to produce a sensation that's just right. Not only does this explain why certain foods pair well with certain wines, but it may also explain why a wine might seem different when tasted without food than it does during a meal.

“Our mouth is Goldilocks—it doesn’t want to be too dry or too lubricated,” said Paul Breslin, a professor at the Rutgers University Department of Nutritional Sciences, and a co-author of the paper. “If your mouth is feeling dry, you want something creamy to restore lubrication. And if your mouth feels greasy, you want something to clean it out.”

Normally, proteins in saliva lubricate our mouths, preventing wear on the teeth and gums. Chemicals like the tannins in red wine or the acids in white wine pull those proteins out of saliva, reducing their effectiveness as a lubricant and causing dry mouth. Fatty foods counteract this effect by providing more lubricant. By mixing and matching food and drink, diners can use these chemicals to balance each other out. [...]
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Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine

Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
The Italian winemaker Case Basse di Soldera says intruders entered its wine cellar and drained large vats of wine dating from the 2007 vintage through 2012.
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Stories of the Wine and Spirits Gadgets We Love and We Hate – plus a ... - Palate Pres

Stories of the Wine and Spirits Gadgets We Love and We Hate – plus a ... - Palate Pres | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Palate PresStories of the Wine and Spirits Gadgets We Love and We Hate – plus a ...Palate PresBy the end of an hour, 4 was past its prime, with all the tannins overwhelmed by jammy fruit.
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Say cheers

Say cheers | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Are our drinking habits being unwittingly manipulated? (RT @lauraj_thomas: Quite an interesting article on why we drink what we do... I know I am very fussy about the size of my wine glasses!
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The Drink Will Teach You How To Really Make Mulled Wine

The Drink Will Teach You How To Really Make Mulled Wine | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Your friends will be so impressed! And drunk. (Biggest tip for making mulled wine?
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Natural wine? Serve it to the tooth fairy, say sceptics

Natural wine? Serve it to the tooth fairy, say sceptics | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

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Where the Money Goes on a Bottle of Wine in the UK - Bordeaux ...

Where the Money Goes on a Bottle of Wine in the UK - Bordeaux ... | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Welcome ...to the wine blog of Château Bauduc in Bordeaux, run by Angela and Gavin Quinney. Join the merry throng of over 5,000 people who receive our free monthly newsletter.
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Dressing up the wine lover in your life, start slow - Los Angeles Times

Dressing up the wine lover in your life, start slow - Los Angeles Times | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Dressing up the wine lover in your life, start slowLos Angeles TimesWine lovers, in my personal experience, do not as a group suffer from an excess in sartorial sophistication.
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Economic Impact of Napa's Wine Industry More Than $13 Billion to Napa County - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com

Economic Impact of Napa's Wine Industry More Than $13 Billion to Napa County - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Economic Impact of Napa's Wine Industry More Than $13 Billion to Napa CountyThe Herald | HeraldOnline.comST. HELENA, Calif.
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Chateau Chunder | Vino Vitis

Chateau Chunder | Vino Vitis | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
After reading Huon Hooke's review of what sounds like a highly entertaining 60 minutes of strolling through Ozzie wine history, I immediately ordered my own DVD of Chateau Chunder from the EP Independent store.
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The Electric White Wines of Italy

The Electric White Wines of Italy | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Too many consumers disregard Italy's white wines thanks to the flood of cheap Pinot Grigio that's come ashore. They shouldn't. Italy's whites are electric.
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The wine trade bubble

The wine trade bubble | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

I love the wine trade. It’s fun, full of interesting people, and it’s incredibly open and friendly. But it is a bit of a bubble.


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Red wine and beef: what goes with what? - Beef Central

Red wine and beef: what goes with what? - Beef Central | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Red wine and beef: what goes with what?Beef CentralHe said the basic rule of thumb was that red wines with higher tannin content (cabernet sauvignon is the best known variety) went better with fattier cuts, or styles of beef.
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Daily Wine News: Next Big Thing

Daily Wine News: Next Big Thing | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
"I would love to see Australia as the next big thing. Oh, and the most exciting grape? Chardonnay." Tyler Colman asks Paul Grieco to predict the next “it” wine.
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Just Beautiful - Worldwide: The Many Health Benefits of Grape Seeds

Just Beautiful - Worldwide: The Many Health Benefits of Grape Seeds | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
The Many Health Benefits of Grape Seeds: http://t.co/AZRzFqTG...
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Cooking with wine means you have to put some in your food too

Cooking with wine means you have to put some in your food too | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
We’ve been doing a lot of wine tastings lately, and people have asked questions about cooking with wine.   Since many of us will be cooking a lot over the next month, I thought I’d shar...
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From Harvest to Vinification of a special wine in Le Marche: Cimaio 2012 Casalfarneto

This is a white Wine produced from pure Verdicchio grapes of hills of Le Marche Region in Central Italy attacked by Botrytis Cinerea Mold. Yes, the same mold involved in the vinification of Sauternes or Tokai wines
The grapes, which are completely covered by the 'noble mould', are harvested in an exceptionally advanced stage of ripeness. In general this happen at the end of November, and the beginning of December, but this 2012 the right conditions were reached earlier at the end of September.
The grapes are taken to the winery in small baskets to avoid damages
The awarded wine is obtained using white wine vinification methods:
• Crushing of whole grape clusters
• Extraction of the flower must only
• Must clarification by cold settling
• Temperature controlled fermentation
• Aging in part in burnt wood barrels and in part in stainless steel tanks where full maturity is reached after 18-24 months
• Tartaric stabilisation refrigeration at -4° C for 6 days
• Cold sterile bottling with microfiltration
• Aging in bottles for at least 6-12 months


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In the Botrytis infection known as "noble rot" (pourriture noble in French, or Edelfäule in German), the fungus removes water from the grapes, leaving behind a higher percent of solids, such as sugars, fruit acids and minerals.
In the extraordinary case of the Cimaio, the noble rot on the Verdicchio Grapes, is able to produce a wine with very persistent sweet note of vanilla followed by hints of ripe quince, honey, ripe loquats, yellow plums, almonds and spicy nuances. The taste is robust, mellow and warm with fruity notes of scent, mineral, sapid and very persistent.

 

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Weekly Interview: Chris Phelps

Weekly Interview: Chris Phelps | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Chris Phelps, the owner and winemaker of Ad Vivum Cellars in St. Helena, California.
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 3, 2012 | 1 Wine Dude

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 3, 2012 | 1 Wine Dude | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
So, like what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people).
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Winemakers reap benefits from drought - CNN.com Video

The drought is ruining crops nationwide, but it's helping at least one industry: wine makers. CNN's Athena Jones reports.
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Chinese industrialist buys top Bordeaux chateau ‹ The Bacchus

Chinese industrialist buys top Bordeaux chateau ‹ The Bacchus | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
A Chinese industrialist has bought Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a leading wine estate in the St Emilion region of Bordeaux, sources involved in the sale said on Thursday. The property is the first of its status — Grand Cru Classe ...
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Top Georgia Sommeliers Compete in Blind Tasting at Vino Venue ...

Top Georgia Sommeliers Compete in Blind Tasting at Vino Venue ... | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
The 2nd annual Man vs. Wine competition was held Monday, November 26th, at Vino Venue featuring an impressive panel of Top Georgia Sommeliers. Michael McNeill (Georgia's only active Master Sommelier) was the ...
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Book Review: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José ... - Vinography

Book Review: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José ... - Vinography | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Book Review: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José ...VinographyPerhaps more interestingly, the book represents the most authoritative understanding of wine grapes, their heritage, and their genetic relationships ever published,...
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