Wine is an amazing — and ancient — drink, and while opinions on how to judge its quality and value differ, one thing is certain: there’s a lot of specific and sometimes confusing language associated with it it. This video from Science Friday explains why some of our favourite wine hacks work, and demystifies terms such as “corked” and “tears”.
This video, narrated by Dr. Gavin Sacks, of Cornell University’s Viticulture and Enology Program, helps you understand what many of those terms mean. For example, you’ll see the “tears” on a glass of wine (specifically, the trail on the sides of the glass when wine moves up and down the curves) and how they’re created, what you can do about a glass of wine that’s “corked” (tainted with a compound called TCA), and how long you should let your wine “breathe” before you have your first sip.
The video also goes into detail about how some of our favourite wine tricks work, such as hyperdecanting with a blender. It helps that the whole thing is pretty hilarious to watch. Check it out above, or at YouTube at the link below.
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