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Mar 22, 2020

Quarantine

What a week we just lived!

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Like many in the US, I am now working at home and for the next 3 weeks. While I am used to it, many colleagues found it difficult to settle in this new reality. The pandemic continues to have a dreadful impact on people, society, and the economy.

We will go through it together and, as my neighbor wrote in his driveway, Everything will be alright.


How do you settle in quarantine? Have you tried virtual wine tasting? I would love to hear your story.

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Mar 14, 2020

Wine and Health: Is it a good pairing?

Are you concerned that wine and health do not pair well anymore?

That’s true, back in 1992, when Professors Renaud and De Lorgeril linked wine polyphenols to potential health benefits, moderate consumption of red wine became a trend, especially in the US and Canada. At the time, French people suffered less of cardiovascular diseases; the French Paradox of moderate red wine consumption, along with a Mediterranean diet, was thought to be the best approach to a healthy lifestyle. It was long ago before being vegan was trendy and adding butter to coffee was the best breakfast ever.

Newest generation of wine drinkers seem to drink less wine and favor less alcoholic drinks, according to a recent survey by Wine Intelligence presented in January this year.

So the question becomes: Is reducing alcohol consumption the only path to better health?

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Mar 07, 2020

Our Wine Experience Changes with our Surroundings

We all have memories of a remarkable wine experience; however, when we try to share the wine and re-create this experience, it usually doesn't work. It happened to me not so long ago. 

My hubby and I visited the Mumm Champagne House this past summer. We were fortunate to taste a special Cuvee, Champagne Rose Foujita, in a private tasting room. It was a comfortable and quiet space and just the two of us. Quite memorable.

We bought three bottles of this unique wine and opened one just before Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. The wine seemed flat in both carbonation and flavor.

What happened?

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Feb 29, 2020

Which wine flavors do increase the chances of getting a wine award?

Have you ever been attracted by a wine bottle displaying gold or silver medal stickers? We expect these awards to indicate a superior wine quality, and therefore we should consider purchasing it. Would you agree?

But can we trust these awards? How are they determined? And do they indeed indicate a wine of superior taste?

Today I report on a study giving us some insights on wine awards. The researchers wanted to determine if the wines winning gold medals had consistent chemical or sensory signatures. They analyzed data from the winners of Grand Gold or Gold medals of the prestigious Mundus Vini competition.

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Feb 21, 2020

Are flaws more acceptable in organic wines?

Do you purchase organic wines?

Whatever your answer is, it is true that a growing number of wine lovers turn to sustainable production practices when purchasing wine.

Some critics argue that organic wines tend to have more flaws than wines made using more conventional practices.

Are "flawed wines" more acceptable when an organic stamp is present on a wine bottle?

A group of Portuguese and Brazilian scientists posed this question and conducted a study to answer it. I share with you their findings that were published this month. 

This research provides new evidence that prior information and knowledge can alter people’s appreciation of wines. Find out in what way!

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Feb 13, 2020

Is wine the best beverage for chocolate pairing?

Chocolate pairing with red wine is the thing to have on a Valentine’s date, it seems. You can indeed read in popular media that red wine is an aphrodisiac and that chocolate antioxidants provide ammunition to keep your energy for the evening.

From a sensory point of view, chocolate flavors and mouthfeel sensations go well together. Like wine has its wine aroma wheel to help describe wine perceptions, so does chocolate. 

However, is wine the best beverage to pair with chocolate?

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Feb 13, 2020

Is wine the best beverage for chocolate pairing?

Chocolate pairing with red wine is the thing to have on a Valentine’s date, it seems. You can indeed read in popular media that red wine is an aphrodisiac and that chocolate antioxidants provide ammunition to keep your energy for the evening.

From a sensory point of view, chocolate flavors and mouthfeel sensations go well together. Like wine has its wine aroma wheel to help describe wine perceptions, so does chocolate. 

However, is wine the best beverage to pair with chocolate?

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Feb 06, 2020

How to Choose a Wine That Tastes Good?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could always taste a wine before buying a bottle? Unfortunately, this is usually what’s happening.

You are cruising the aisles the store, looking at hundreds of different labels, and you have to choose one bottle. 
If you have tasted a wine you liked before and want to rebuy it; you are safe. The only challenge is to locate it on the shelf.

What about choosing wine as a gift to bring to a party? You are entering unchartered territories and have to find your way to select a wine that tastes good.

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Jan 30, 2020

How does cultural influence mold what people love in a wine?

Wine is loved across continents and many cultures. It is natural to ponder whether cultural influence plays a role in what people like or don't like in a wine style.



I share with you this week the findings from a recently published article by two colleagues, entitled "Contribution of cross-cultural studies to understanding wine appreciation."

You will discover that:

* Research investigating how cultural influences our appreciation for wine is in its infancy

* Culture can explain differences in how we perceive, like, or talk about wine

* Wine knowledge tends to diminish the impact of cultural influences on wine appreciation

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Jan 18, 2020

Understanding the white wine types people love

Last Thursday, I pulled out one of my favorite white wine types, a bottle of Chardonnay sur lie, for my friends coming for dinner. I like this wine because it has a creamy mouthfeel, subtle nutty, and caramel aromas without being overly oaky.

As you discovered last week, we all learn to like wine in our unique ways. The Chardonnay type I love might not be your favorite wine.

Research has shown that when specific flavors are present in a wine, they drive up or down how much you like a particular wine. Have you figured out yet what your favorite aromas are in white wine?

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