Episode #277 – Robotic Wine Tasting, Online Wine Appraisal and Wine News

There’s a new expert in the wine tasting world – and it never has to spit. “The Mini Mouth” is an artificial tongue that can “taste” wine, measure and analyze the chemistry of tannins and astringency that affect the human experience. Researchers at Arhaus University in Denmark have developed a nanosensor which can measure how we experience the feeling of dryness in wine. David interviews Duncan Sutherland, research director for the study, about the implications that this may have for the wine industry. And while the subtleties that the sensor can detect are phenomenal, we know there’s really nothing that can compare to a person enjoying the wine.


Julien Miquel of Wine-searcher.com

Julien Miquel of Wine-searcher.com

Ever find an old bottle of wine that you wonder what it’s worth? Well, now that task has become a lot easier thanks to wine-searcher.com. (http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-valuation.lml) Today David interviews Julien Miquel, a French native living in New Zealand, about wine-searcher.com, which includes the wine valuation feature in addition to the ability to search the world for rare or special wines. Which is followed by a discussion of which wines are appreciating their value the strongest, and the results may (or may not) be surprising.


In Wine News with Senior Wine News Correspondent Larry Gifford, we learn that Oregon is reporting that 2014 is being called the “vintage of a lifetime” after a long warm summer. In other good news, it’s now “cool” to have wine stains on your clothes, thanks to Robert Mondavi & Crawford Denim, and there’s a new wine made by the band Tragically Hip with the same name. And following up on a story we talked about a few weeks ago, we find out more about Melissa Etheridge’s cannabis-infused wine, with a report by a panel of cannabis experts, and a description of how it’s made with a cold extraction, but we don’t think those wines will leave you cold!

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