Sniff, swirl, sip and say something pretentious. It doesn't need to be this way.
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Learn the nutrition facts of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sweet wine. The calories can differ from wine to wine depending on one key factor: ABV
Via Maureen Bragg
David Swaddle's insight:
Get the skinny on calories in wine, from Wine Folly.
Are bubbles really the lowest calorie wine? Do reds make you rounder than whites? It's all wrapped up in a simple graphic.
He's always an entertainer, Richard. Here's his unique way to remember the 1855 classification....Chateau Margaux, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton....
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Four wheels, two arms, six cameras, GPS and an artificial intelligence system to learn the vineyard and recognise plants' features - this robot is one mean pruning machine!
French developed Wall-Ye V.I.N. is about to be trialled at Bordeaux’s Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. He'll be put through his paces in one of the world's most expensive vineyards, but at $32,000 you'd have to be making some special wine to afford a toy like this!
UK workers toil 3 times harder than US counterparts to earn a beer!
How long does it take to afford a beer? Less than 10 minutes if you're in the USA.
The Economist has figured this out this vital calculation in minutes worked, based on the local price of a beer. Genius.
In India people have to work for nearly an hour, while in the USA and Czech Republic it's less than 10 minutes. Thankfully Australia, where I'm based now, fairs slightly better than the UK.
Anybody up for a wine version of this work?
In a shock move French president Francois Hollande has switched the bling-bling Champagne favoured by Sarkozy for more modest Muscadet.
He's not alone, with Muscadet being the tipple of choice for many rappers these days. Maybe he's more with it than commentators think?
It's a great way of saving a few €uros and there are plenty of great wines that cost a fraction of Champagne. OMG - is there a reverse wine snob in power??
Ever wanted "lasting glory and fame"? Now's your chance!
Professor Bruce Reisch at Cornell is asking for help finding more romantic names for NY76.0844.24 and NY95.0301.01.
Maybe Fricka or zähtraminer for the white? Blau Spritzen (good if it makes a sparkling wine) or Genevay for the red?? Maybe I'll come up with something better tonight after a glass of wine?
Thinking caps on everybody.
Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a nake viewing, followed by a glass of wine over looking the harbour.
It's not unusual for art museum to try and promote their agenda by doing something a little of the wall, but this has to be one of the most unusual. Artist Stuart Ringholt took a party on a naked tour of the gallery, itself billed to be an artwork.
Where does the wine come in? At the end the participants enjoyed a glass of bubbles looking out at the harbour, quietly exposing themselves to Syndey's Ferry hub at Circular Quay. I wonder if many of the thousands making their way into the city noticed the naked imbibers?
Viticulture specialists are always experimenting with new ways to develop fresh and exciting flavours of wine, producing sharper tastes and more expensive blends, and creating the perfect amount of tannins for that lovely bitter aftertaste.Another...
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I don't think I've ever read an article in "Concrete Playground" before, but I was amazed at this look at seven OTT wine cellars.
From gothic valuting to Shanghai oppulence, there's a world of wine storage out there. It's quite surprising to see the Ritz-Carlton storing lots of their bottles upright, but it does look cool.
Any more to add?
L’éclatement d’une bulle de champagne comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu !
Want to see a Champagne bubble exploding? This is cool!
Filmed at 5,000fps, this little movie shows the moment of a bubble bursting. You can see it catapulting droplets of Champagne into the air, setting the aromas for the wine free.
The Daily Telegraph reports that drinking red wine could help you lose weight.
Resveratrol, a component in red wines, may help to suppress you appetite and prevent you from overeating, a study suggests. It certainly seems to turn bees off sugar water mixutres at least.
Maybe there is something more than taste to having a glass a day?
This is simply amazing. A clockwork wine bottle opener and pourer.
I saw this via http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2012/08/top-10-totally-pointless-wine-accessories/ who have been doing a few pieces on wine gadgets.
Can anyone trump this?
Many moons ago, in my youth, it was the pre-night club drink of choice among my peers. Red wine and cola, colloquially known a Calimocho, is being targeted by Spodee with a fortified red wine designed for mixing.
The article compares it to depression-era wine, but personally I think it's more like desperation era marketing.
What do you think? Fizzy water, sugar and caffeine anybody??? Surely that would never take off.
Alex Ferguson says red wine helped him get over losing the title to Manchester City.
He's a fortunate man with an admirable career (even for a Gooner), a string of winning race horses and a passion for French reds. He even has the cash to buy the best of Bordeaux and the sense to drink it!
Maybe you've heard of playing music to cows to increase their milk yeilds? Or chefs using tunes to drive their kitchens? It seems that wine can be just as inflential in wine.
Not only are people playing music to cheer them along, but quite often wineries are owned by musicians.
This very light NYT piece gives you an insight into some of the musical characters of the US wine scene.