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On 8K-Year-Old Shards, Proof of Ancient 'Social Lubricant'

Scientists believe they've found proof of production of 'world's oldest' grape wine in nation of Georgia

(Newser) - Wine has been used as a "social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity" throughout the ages. Now, a discovery just south of Tbilisi details just how far back through the ages the beverage has existed, the BBC reports. Per a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Bilked Out of $400K, Koch Bro Spends $35M to Investigate

Meet Bill Koch, the brother more interested in fine wine and art than politics

(Newser) - Bill Koch might not be the biggest name among his brothers, but he's got a pretty interesting claim to fame: The collector of fine wine and art discovered he'd bought $400,000 worth of wine that had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson that had, well, never really belonged... More »

Merlot May Have Finally Stomped Its Bad Rap

Sales of the medium-bodied red wines are on the rise

(Newser) - Hearing a lot of buzz about merlot? It's not just because October is International Merlot Month. Sales of the "luxury" medium-bodied red wines made from merlot grapes have increased 5% over the past year, while sales of merlots of $100 or more are up 8% in restaurants, reports... More »

Thieves Drill Through Paris Catacombs, Steal $300K of Wine

More than 300 bottles stolen from cellar near Luxembourg Gardens

(Newser) - The catacombs 65 feet under Paris are home to the bones of 6 million people, tours, illegal parties, secret film festivals, and—on one recent night—thieves making off with nearly $300,000 worth of fancy wine. The Guardian reports thieves drilled into a cellar belonging to an apartment near... More »

Target Rolling Out $5 Wine

Chain's California Roots will be available next week

(Newser) - It's not quite as cheap as Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe's, but Target is rolling out some cheap wine of its own. Starting Sept. 3, the chain will be selling $5 bottles of a brand it calls California Roots, reports the Orange County Register . Customers will choose... More »

Donate to Political Cause, You Could Win Date With J-Law

She's raffling off a wine-tasting date

(Newser) - If drinking wine with Jennifer Lawrence sounds like a dream come true, the experience could be yours if you donate to an organization aiming to "fix America's broken political system." The actress, a board member for Represent.Us, is asking fans to donate to the organization (which... More »

Museum Finds Cases of 221-Year-Old Wine in Its Cellar

Cases of wine found in cellar are almost as old as the United States

(Newser) - A restoration project at a New Jersey museum unearthed cases of wine nearly as old as the United States. The Liberty Hall Museum in Union says it discovered almost three full cases of Madeira wine, a fortified wine, dating to 1796 while restoring its wine cellar. NJ.com reports the... More »

Trader Joe's Wine Is Less Than $3 a Bottle for a Reason

Lower quality grapes and mass production help

(Newser) - When Charles Shaw wines first debuted at Trader Joe's in 2002, they lived up to the name "Two Buck Chuck," costing just $1.99 a bottle. And yes, plenty of critics call the wine undrinkable and worse, even accusing parent company Bronco Wine of not removing such... More »

Condoms an Integral Part of the Process at Cuba Winery

They cover jars, inflate as wine ages

(Newser) - The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger, and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum. From... More »

Scientist: I've Fixed Age-Old Problem of Wine Bottles

A small groove eliminates drips after a pour

(Newser) - It may be a first-world problem—that little drip of wine that slides annoyingly down the neck of a bottle after it's been poured—but to one scientist, it was simply a physics challenge waiting to be overcome. Biophysicist Daniel Perlman at Brandeis University, an inventor with more than... More »

Substitute Vomits in Class, Then Cop Looks in Her Purse

Judith Richards-Gartee was allegedly drinking boxed wine at 9:45am

(Newser) - A substitute teacher was found throwing up at South Carolina's Brookland-Cayce High School, but a stomach bug wasn't to blame. Judith Richards-Gartee has been charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly drinking boxed wine in her classroom. Administrators say they found the 52-year-old vomiting and incapable of standing when... More »

Startup Bucks Tradition With Neon-Blue Wine

Regulators are not pleased with Gik

(Newser) - To respect the rules of the game or break them? Sometimes, that is the question. And a startup in Spain has just learned that at least in the world of wine, rule-breaking is rather frowned upon. Last year, Gïk challenged Spain's wine establishment by rolling out a neon-blue... More »

Lawsuit: Depp Spent $3M on a Cannon for Writer's Ashes

He also blew $30K a month on wine, former managers say

(Newser) - Johnny Depp spent more than $3 million on a cannon to blast Hunter S. Thompson's ashes over Aspen, Colo., spent $30,000 a month on expensive wines, and apparently just wasted much of the rest of his income, according to a lawsuit filed by his former managers. The lawsuit,... More »

Stink Bugs Can Change the Taste of Your Wine

Especially if you drink pinot noir

(Newser) - Bugs wind up in most things we consume, organic and otherwise. It's so common and hard to avoid that the FDA sets allowable levels, notes the American Council on Science and Health . It's no surprise, then, that stink bugs , which have a fondness for grapes, can end up... More »

Woman's Fridge Hack Is a Big Hit

It now dispenses wine instead of water

(Newser) - A British woman's hack has given an all-new meaning to the term "wine fridge." Clair Potts of Manchester tells the Telegraph that she and her boyfriend had just bought a fridge with a built-in water dispenser for their new home when she noticed the fridge also came... More »

White Wine May Carry Surprising Health Risk

Researchers see association with skin cancer

(Newser) - If you're undecided about whether your next glass of wine should be red or white, a new study out of Brown University may provide the tipping point: It suggests that white wine raises the risk of skin cancer. While researchers have long known that alcohol in general can raise... More »

Great Italian Wine Caper Was Act of Pure Sabotage

Vandals opened refrigerated tanks, spilling enough wine to fill 400K bottles

(Newser) - The sedate vineyards of Lombardy in northern Italy are not usually the setting of scandal and intrigue. That is, until a stunning act of sabotage left one winery soaked in thousands of gallons of vino. The Telegraph reports that employees at Conte Vistarino arrived at work one morning last week... More »

US Is Making More Wine, but Italy Is Crushing Us

And overall, there's going to be 5% less wine made this year

(Newser) - It may be too early for panic buying, but wine production has taken a hit from climate events this year and is close to a 20-year low, the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) warns. According to estimates released Thursday, global wine production will be down around 5% for... More »

Why This Decanter Will Set You Back $185K

'When we decant a wine, we aren't just pouring it out, we are liberating it'

(Newser) - Is the wine selling the decanter or is the decanter selling the wine? There's no easy answer in the unveiling of a truly prized possession, an imperial (6-liter) decanter called the Aevum Imperial Service Ritual that's meant to house the award-winning 2012 vintage of Australian winemaker Penfolds' Grange... More »

Scientists May Have Found Migraine Trigger —in Our Mouths

Oral bacteria could be the key

(Newser) - Certain foods like chocolate, wine, and processed meats have long been linked to migraines, and while nitrates in those foods are often seen as the culprit, it's not entirely clear why some people are more susceptible to ensuing headaches than others, reports Quartz . Now scientists are reporting in the... More »

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