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France Needs Wine to Get Through Dinner With Iran

Really leaning into that cultural stereotype, France

(Newser) - They say we should embrace our differences. But they never tried to come between a Frenchman and his wine. The Washington Post reports on some dinner drama adding tension to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official visit to Europe, which starts this weekend. Apparently Rouhani and French president Franç... More »

Black Women Who Were Kicked Off Wine Train Sue

Book club members want $11M in damages

(Newser) - A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay. The 11 women sued Napa... More »

There's Arsenic in Your Red Wine

But levels aren't dangerous if considered alone

(Newser) - Red wine may help fight cancer , but it may also help bring about the disease if you don't watch your intake and diet. Scientists tested 65 US wines and found all but one contained arsenic in levels that exceed the 10 parts per billion permitted in drinking water, according... More »

How a 'Brainless' Organism Makes Your Wine Distinct

Different yeast strains from different soils change a wine's chemical profile

(Newser) - Winemakers have long understood that things like the soil in which grapes are grown can affect the flavor of the grapes and, ultimately the wine. Now scientists have proof that a microbial component of "terroir"—wine lingo for the individual regional conditions—has an impact, too. Reporting in... More »

What You Earn Is Tied to How You Drink

The wealthy and most educated are most likely to drink alcohol

(Newser) - Overall, roughly two in three Americans drink alcohol—which has been true historically since 1939. But dig a little deeper and drinking habits vary widely among some Americans, particularly between those who are wealthy (eight in 10 drink) and those who are not (only five in 10 do), reports Gallup... More »

3 Really Detestable Wine Habits

'WSJ' columnist spells out things that drive her crazy when it comes to vino

(Newser) - Lettie Teague has some pet peeves when it comes to wine—ones that take away from wine's intended purpose, which is, obviously, "to bring pleasure, perhaps even joy," she writes in the Wall Street Journal . Three of Teague's major buzzkills:
  • "Wine-dumping waiters," as Teague
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Soon: Get a Cerveza With Your Taco Bell Chalupa

And wine, and mixed-alcohol 'freezes'—but only in one Chicago location (so far)

(Newser) - Anyone who was excited when Taco Bell made a taco out of a biscuit will likely be blown away by this news: The fast-food chain will now be serving beer, wine, and alcohol "freezes," the Chicago Tribune reports. And there's good reason why a Chicago newspaper is... More »

5 Celebrity Wines That Are Actually Kinda Good

And 3 more that are pretty bad

(Newser) - The staff over at E! Online has offered up a pretty amusing taste test of 15 celebrity wines. Here are five that were reviewed pretty well—plus, just for fun, three that most definitely were not:
  • Drew Barrymore's Pinot Grigio: "I would actually buy this and make her
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Science Vindicates Wine Snobs

The glass you drink from affects wine's flavor

(Newser) - As snotty as people might sound when they insist on a wine glass with a certain shape, it turns out they're right: The shape of that glass actually does have a bearing on how the drink tastes, Scientific American reports. Scientists made that clear using what they have dubbed,... More »

Sulfites Probably Aren't Causing Your Wine Headache

Don't let the label warning mislead you

(Newser) - Wine bottles are often marked with the phrase "contains sulfites," and drinking wine can cause headaches. But for most people, those two facts are unlikely to be related, writes Lettie Teague in the Wall Street Journal . That sulfite warning was the result of a legislative effort by the... More »

Scientists Find a Way to Cut Wine Hangovers

It's all in the yeast

(Newser) - If wine tends to give you a hangover, science may have a solution, and it starts with a "genome knife." The phrase refers to an enzyme called RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease that's able to knock down a longstanding hurdle to genetic engineering in fermented foods, a researcher at... More »

$300K in Stolen Wine Found on Opposite Coast

Stash from California's French Laundry recovered in North Carolina

(Newser) - Nearly 80 bottles of wine valued at least $300,000 made it clear across the country after being stolen from a posh California restaurant, but the vino is back in safe hands now. The Napa County Sheriff's Department says wine stolen from the world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.... More »

Ancient Greek Drinking Game Is Reborn

Kottabos involves hurling your wine at a target

(Newser) - What better place to re-create an ancient drinking game than a college campus? A teacher at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and her students kept up an ancient Greek tradition by playing kottabos, a game that involves hurling one's wine from a glass onto a target at the center... More »

Thieves Grab $300K in Wine From Famed Restaurant

Renowned California restaurant 'The French Laundry' is hit

(Newser) - Burglars who knew their wine made off with nearly 80 bottles from a high-end California restaurant. How high-end? Figure at least $300,000 worth of vino, reports the Los Angeles Times . The break-in occurred Christmas Day at the Michelin-starred French Laundry in the Napa region, and some of the bottles... More »

Waitress's Wine Recommendation Ends Very Badly

Diners say server at Borgata restaurant didn't make $3,750 price clear

(Newser) - A group of Atlantic City diners got a very pricey lesson recently on how to order wine. It all started when Joe Lentini, while at a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata hotel and casino last week, decided to split a bottle of wine with two others... More »

California Drought Perk: Better Wine

A vintage 'for the ages': winemaker

(Newser) - The long drought in California is, of course, bad news for most in the agriculture business—but winemakers are seeing some real benefits. The lack of rain is actually leading to some of the best wine Napa and Sonoma counties have seen in a while, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Scientist Trying to Resurrect King David's Wine

3K-year-old grapes could help Elyashiv Drori succeed in his quest

(Newser) - If a scientist in Israel is successful, we could someday taste the wine described in the Bible. In 2011, Elyashiv Drori sent students throughout Israel in search of wild grapes, which were tough to find in an area that saw alcohol banned for centuries under past Muslim rulers, the BBC... More »

5 Stars With Their Own Booze Brands

You know you want some George Clooney tequila

(Newser) - You know you've really made it when you have your own brand of alcohol—as do these celebrities rounded up by ETOnline :
  • George Clooney: Helped develop Casamigos tequila after a trip to Mexico with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman; the ad features Clooney waking up next to Cindy
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Yum? World's First Coffee Wine Is Here

Available in red or white, in a can

(Newser) - You never knew you wanted it, but it's here anyway. The "wine in a can specialists" at Friends Fun Wine have come up with the world's first coffee-flavored wine—a combination of "the world's most popular Day Drink with the world's most popular Night... More »

Suspect Arrested in $400K Wine Heist

Some 4.2K bottles went missing last month

(Newser) - Police have arrested a warehouse worker in Napa Valley they say stole more than $400,000 worth of wine. Jose Pina, 31, was an employee of the Valley Wine Warehouse storage facility, and police told KTXL that meant he had unlimited access to the entire building. The warehouse stored bottles... More »

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