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The best of Wine Spectator in 2009 <link>

It’s all there in one article. Make sure you read the one about how red wine improves your sex life and the Californian Pinot tasting.

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Japanese scientists have solved the mystery of why red wines don’t go with fish. Iron.

Japanese scientists asked study subjects to try 38 red wines and 26 whites while eating scallops. Some of the wines contained small amounts of iron, which varied by country of origin, variety and vintage. The tasters noted which wines really didn’t work with scallops. And the researchers found that those wines all had high levels of iron. So they doctored the wine with a substance that binds iron, keeping it away from the tasters’ tongues. And voila, the bad taste became a bad memory.

link to Scientific American

link to the full academic paper

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Powdered red wine in a bag

It may be light and easy to carry but I’d rather lug a bottle of wine in my pack than even contemplate adding water to this satchet and consuming the resulting product. <link>

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One jury’s view on on the top 100 selected from more than 350 wines priced $US8 to $US35. The tasting was in December 2008 and the jury tasted all entries grouped by price in a blind panel. The full list is here <link>. There are tastings for trade and journos in March.

The picture is the Cos chateau. It doesn’t appear in the list; probably outside the price list.

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Good news.

“Rochester researchers showed for the first time that a natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell’s core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function.” <link>

Another bottle of Pinot Noir please waiter.

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