Wine

  • Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for a new winery that will be part-built with sustainable building techniques and blends in with the landscape.
  • ​First of all, no one is suggesting that if you suffer from depression and anxiety, you should drink a lot of red wine. That would ultimately NOT help the situation. However, it turns out that a plant-derived compound IN the wine – known as resveratrol – could indeed make a difference.
  • Red wine may have health benefits against cancer, obesity, aging, and even cavities. Now, a new study may add muscle loss to the list. In tests on rats, a Harvard team found that a red wine compound called resveratrol could help keep astronauts toned during trips in space or life on Mars.
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    ​If wines such as cabernet sauvignon contain high amounts of chemical compounds known as alkylmethoxypyrazines (MPs), their fruity/floral bouquet can be overwhelmed, resulting in an off-putting flavor and aroma. Now, scientists have used magnetic nanoparticles to remove MPs from wine.
  • Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar is the first champagne designed to be drunk in space. The result of three years of work with space design firm Spade, the new sparkling wine and its high-tech bottle and glasses are specially engineered for celebrating in zero gravity.
  • There’s evidence that compounds in wine could help improve heart health and even reduce the cancer-causing effects of alcohol, and now a surprising new benefit may have been discovered. Wine may help fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
  • ​The legalization of recreational marijuana in some US states has resulted in a giant new multibillion dollar industry. The latest THC-innovation comes from a Californian winery that has created the world’s first alcohol-free, marijuana-infused Sauvignon Blanc.
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    Archaeologists have unearthed some of the earliest evidence of winemaking, dating back about 8,000 years. Excavations in the Republic of Georgia dug up shards of pottery from the Early Ceramic Neolithic period around 6000 BCE, which were found to contain the telltale chemical compounds of wine.
  • The Vacanti Spirale is a wine glass with a corkscrew-like twist that captures sediment.​ Given this a problem that would have confronted every other wine-drinking civilization of the last 10,000 years, it's quite astonishing it hasn't been done before.
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    While it is believed to have originated elsewhere long before, it is thought that Italian wine got its start in the Middle Bronze Age, sometime around 1,300-1,100 B.C. But new evidence found in a piece of ancient pottery now suggests the Italians developed their penchant for vino long, long before.
  • Whatever your stance on wasted wine, it's difficult to stop dribs and drabs making their way down the outside of a bottle as it is being poured. Now one scientists says he has come up with a superior bottle design that keeps the drips in-house, all thanks to a carefully placed groove.
  • ​As flexible, absorbent and versatile as they are, manufacturing hydrogels can be costly and hard to scale up. Now, scientists at Stanford have developed new hydrogels made from common and inexpensive natural materials, which are easily adjusted for a range of applications.