America – The New Wine Frontier. Jancis Robsinson reports that Americans drink their way through a depression. Europeans curb their appetites (but not by too too much). Read the full OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) report.
In a BBC news piece from May 2008, researchers from the Heriot Watt University found wine-tasting heavily affected by music. (I wonder if that was at all affected by the fact that the “research involved 250 students at the university who were offered a free glass of wine in exchange for their views” ).
That said, pour yourself a glass, pull up a chair, and watch this.
The AP reports that not only is wine consumption on the rise, but Americans could overtake Italians as the World’s Biggest Consumers by 2012! (I believe they went so far as to use the word “dethroned”).
It’s like The World Cup, but in a glass!
And good news for those in the wine sector as the report also “forecast growth for the coming four years roughly in line with pre-crisis trends”.
Read more here.
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. (more…)