Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to the possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo… » 1/31/14 4:14pm 1/31/14 4:14pm

Here's why wine snobs should probably be called bacteria snobs

Differences in wine quality between vineyards have long been attributed to processing techniques and seasonal variation. But research now suggests that regional differences between wines are shaped by microbes — specifically, fungi and bacteria. Cultivating certain grape microbes may actually improve wine flavor. » 11/26/13 12:38pm 11/26/13 12:38pm

Star Trek: The Wine is now a thing that exists

Behold three Star Trek-themed wines, dubbed "The City on the Edge of Forever," "Mirror Mirror" and "The Trouble with Tribbles." I'd make a crack about how the wines probably taste like Harlan Ellison's rage, Leonard Nimoy's goatee and furry flesh balls respectively, but I love it anytime someone combines nerdiness and… » 5/31/13 2:20pm 5/31/13 2:20pm

Wine pairings for the post-apocalypse: What to drink with rats, dog…

Let's say that in your post-apocalyptic wanderings, you stumble across a home or restaurant with a particularly sturdy—and well stocked—wine cellar. Suddenly you have a plethora of varietals at your fingertips, but your daily diet still consists of SPAM, small rodents, and MREs. How do you know which wines will best… » 11/25/12 7:00am 11/25/12 7:00am

Wine pairing for zombies: Which wines go best with human flesh?

So you've turned into a zombie, and you've spent a good deal of time mindlessly eating human flesh. But eventually, you find your tastebuds have gotten bored and you'd really like a glass of something that brings out the flavor of kidneys and skin. But what wines would go best with a dinner of human meat? » 6/16/12 8:00am 6/16/12 8:00am

Hate earthy wines? Try one made from meteorites

Imagine sitting with your oldest and dearest friend some time in the not-so-distant future, when you decide to pop open a bottle of perfectly aged cabernet sauvignon. After giving the wine some time to breathe, your friend pours a glass, swirls, sniffs, sips, and says, with a sigh, "My god, it's full of stars." And… » 1/21/12 11:20am 1/21/12 11:20am

New research suggests that you too can become a wine snob

Do you find yourself completely lost whenever your friends go off on long-winded descriptions of a wine's aroma and bouquet? Well there may be hope for you yet, you uncultured brute. A new animal study — wherein researchers trained rats to distinguish between three very similar, albeit different, smells — suggests… » 11/21/11 11:19am 11/21/11 11:19am