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How to Set the Right Mood With Alcohol

Red wine for relaxation, spirits for confidence: survey

(Newser) - The desired mood of your Thanksgiving meal should determine what type of alcohol you serve: red wine for a sleepy, relaxed atmosphere or spirits for a sexy, confident air. That's the conclusion of a new survey analyzing how different types of alcohol make people feel. The reasons behind the... 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 »

White Wine Drinkers Pour With a Heavier Hand

Study found participants poured 9.2% more white than red

(Newser) - If your wine of choice is Sauvignon Blanc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon, watch out: A new study shows you're likely to serve yourself more generously. Iowa State University and Cornell researchers had study participants pour a "normal" glass of wine into a clear glass. (Normal, by the way,... More »

Sommelier Pays Record $117K for Bottle of Wine

And he intends to drink it... eventually

(Newser) - Christian Vanneque has big plans for his latest wine purchase—which happens to be the priciest ever. The former sommelier has just dropped $117,000 on a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem from 1811—the so-called “comet year,” which legend has it produced superior wine thanks to the... More »

12 Little-Known Wines Worth Trying

You may not have heard of them, but they're 'thrilling'

(Newser) - Ready to move beyond familiar cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays? Eric Asimov of the New York Times suggests a dozen little-known but “thrilling” wines to explore:
  • Assyrtiko: This white wine grape from the volcanic island of Santorini “produces dry, deliciously minerally wines” that pair well with seafood.
  • Frappato: These
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Take the Mystery Out of the Wine List

Riesling, Oregon, Costieres de Nimes, and Kermit Lynch are your friends

(Newser) - Ordering wine in a restaurant can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. "Quit being afraid of wine!" wine blogger Nilay Gandhi writes for The Awl . "There's one truth to that wine list you're so terrified to negotiate: it's full of baloney." You can't go... More »

White Wine Hurts the Choppers

Experts recommend eating cheese to reduce effect on tooth enamel

(Newser) - White wine is a lot worse for teeth than red, according to German researchers who studied human teeth soaked in various kinds of wine. The acid content of white wines like Reisling destroys enamel much faster than reds like Rioja, say the researchers. They recommend white wine fans drink while... More »

Multifaceted Chardonnay a Welcome Surprise

Price does matter, but it's possible to find exciting varieties

(Newser) - Chardonnay is ubiquitous, but the “countless weak versions,” especially in the $10 category, disappoint wine lovers, writes Eric Arnold in Forbes. Nevertheless, Americans gulped down about 60 million 9-liter cases in 2008. If you’re willing to beef up your budget and experiment a bit, you may be... More »

Sauvignon Blancs Perfect for Summer

Wine panel rates the best from South America

(Newser) - We have reached “the vast plateau in the middle of summer,” the time when “one of wine’s primary purposes is to offer relief from the daily bout with seasonal oppression,” writes Eric Asimov in the New York Times. Summer wines, “like a good beach... More »

'Groovy' Dry White From Austria Great for Summer

(Newser) - A difficult-to-pronounce wine from Austria is “one of summer’s great, unlikely pleasures,” Eric Asimov writes in the New York Times. Grüner veltliner has risen above the pack of other Germanic wines to become a favorite in America, thanks to its bracing dryness. It "can range... More »

S. African Wines Aim to Put Brakes on 'Burnt Rubber' Rap

Exporters try to cast off a critic's harsh judgment

(Newser) - South African is the ninth-largest producer of wine, with several distinctive varietals that should be poised to break into the global marketplace, the New York Times reports. But the country’s wines have been dogged by comments made in 2007 by an influential British wine critic, who said after a... More »

America: Cool It on Chilling White Wine

We love cold things, but a good white wine should only be lightly chilled

(Newser) - America loves cold things, from beer to overly air-conditioned theaters. But we’re only hurting ourselves by “chilling white wine far too long and drinking it way too cold,” writes Eric Asimov in the New York Times. As long as the wine is good, serving it directly out... More »

Found: Good, Cheap US Wines

(Newser) - It’s not easy, but it is possible to find inexpensive American wine that “will fascinate and intrigue,” Eric Asimov writes in the New York Times. Whereas European vintners grow a diverse range of regional grapes, Americans generally stick to classics like cabernet sauvignon, resulting in “a... More »

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