White wine, red wine, the frontal cortex, spooky store – sipped and spit

SIPT: white wine
White wine has not ridden the good-for-you train as far, fast or as well as red wine. Yesterday, white wine almost suffered derailment. First, German researchers said that the higher acidity in white wine could damage teeth! (Vigonier begs to differ.) Then, another study of suggested that of all alcoholic drinks, white wine had the biggest impact on women’s fertility in IVF. The Worldwide White Wine Council will issue a new statement shortly.

SPIT: Iron and SIPPED: tannins
Tannins have always gotten the bad rap for mucking up red wine pairings with fish. But it turns out that it’s actually the iron! Read Ray Isle’s funny take on the research.

SPIT: the frontal cortex
“we shouldn’t expect our poor olfactory cortex to be able to reliably assign an exact point score…” [Scienceblogs]

SIPPED: Spooky decorations
TheSnarkHunter points us to this seasonal wine shop display at Biondivino in San Francisco; if you know of other good ones, hit the comments!

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6 Responses to “White wine, red wine, the frontal cortex, spooky store – sipped and spit”


  1. That “science blogger” epitomizes the stereotype of blogging which many are inclined to castigate: inaccurate, misinformed, but oh-so opinionated.


  2. NEWS ALERT….
    If you immerse a human in red, white or rose wine for 5-15 minutes they will die. They might last a little longer if immersed in sparkling wine. Need more money and more volunteers for a conclusive study.


  3. The reason I cannot help but incorporate my prior experience of tasting wines into real-time, present-tense tasting is because I am suffering from a condition known as CMDS. I remember all too well the fateful visit with my doctor, when she explained that my body was incapable of generating important chemical compounds on its own. There is no known cure for CMDS, so I am asking you all to understand my circumstance, and to contribute accordingly. As much as it costs me in terms of self-esteem, I have to admit to the world that which is incontrovertibly true: My body does not produce enough of an important natural compound: I suffer from Chassagne-Montrachet Deficiency Syndrome. If it were just me, I would suffer alone, because I am a proud man and it seems demeaning to ask for help. But I know I am not alone. There are dozens like me. So please contribute whatever you can; with enough Chassagne-Montrachet, this disease can be conquered, and I (and others like me) can live full and productive lives.

    Thank you.


  4. Is that Jack Nicholson’s head in the window display?


  5. From a port I wrote about this back in July and I was going to repost with reference to this topic.

    “So, what should you take away from all this nonsense? I feel it is very important to have wine ratings, because they offer an indication as to the quality of different wines. I would not, however, take these ratings as word of God. Know your palate, know what you like and try to broaden your horizons. If you are trying to decide if a certain bottle is going to be as good as advertised, I would recommend using Cork’d or Cellar Tracker, which offer a collection of ratings from various people who have owned or consumed specific wines and noted their tastings.”

    You will continue to see a huge shift away from traditional rating entities I believe as more and more people look for what the masses think.


  6. thanks for the great post. Best regards


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