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Scientists prove that alcohol makes you happy

A group of British scientists have completed a study that proves what most of us have known for a long time – that alcohol can make you …

The Essence of Wine: Flaws

The essence that is not an essence. Universally unloved, the flaws in wine are as insidious as they are unwanted, and come in many forms. The sharp …

The Essence of Wine: Oak

Few have actually spent time gnawing on a piece of oak, but some know the scent well enough, having perused the selections at their local lumber …

The Essence of Wine: Passionfruit

The fruit takes its name from the vine on which it grows. But no matter how sensual the fruit or however beautiful its blossoms, the missionaries who …

The Essence of Wine: Violets

Before it was the perfume of our sorrows (garlanding poor Ophelia's demise, no less), it was the flower of kings. <i>Ion</i> was the name the greeks gave …

The Essence of Wine: Graphite

Perhaps if you were well-behaved or maybe just lucky, your teacher sent you to the edge of the classroom with a tightly-clasped fist of yellow, where …

The Essence of Wine: The Sea

With your eyes closed, even absent the screams of wheeling gulls, and the throaty slap of waves against the sand, you'd know where you are. The tangy …

The Essence of Wine: Grapefruit

Pendulous globes of yellow dangling like suns from their leafy boughs must have been tempting indeed to those Barbadians who first named this "the …

The Essence of Wine: Licorice

Many of the world's true delicacies walk the razor's edge between danger and deliciousness. Licorice is not <i>fugu</i>, of course, but too much of this …

The Essence of Wine: Melon

The melon is hard to ignore. Its fullness, dangling awkwardly at the end of a slender vine seems to make a conspicuous show of fecundity and the …

The Essence of Wine: Strawberry

Bright gems nestled under tiny green canopies represent the perfect summer treasure for fingers small and large. A perfectly ripe plucked strawberry …

The Essence of Wine: Lychee

For what other fruit would Chinese emperors establish networks of galloping couriers to deliver it freshly plucked and in the height of its ripe …

The Essence of Wine: Bread

Science suggests that the smell of freshly baked bread calms us and stimulates the brain the same ways as music and art. But did we really need …

The Essence of Wine: Pears

Which is a better testament to its glory? That the oldest languages we know all have a word for "pear?" Or that its growing patterns spread like …

The Essence of Wine: Umami

The fifth taste. The molecular expression of savory deliciousness that explains what bacon, chicken soup, and sautéed mushrooms all have in common. …

The Essence of Wine: Apples

In one simple fruit are all man's sins remembered. Dully reflected in the freckled orb we have witnessed some of our deepest archetypes. Forbidden …

The Essence of Wine: Blackberries

Fingers splotchy dark purple, scratched and pricked. Snags and scrapes and dirty knees. The occasional razor burn of nettles and the mad lingering …

The Essence of Wine: Plums

The tree has become so beloved that its name has become synonymous with beauty. From the grace of its slender boughs, to the spectacular burst of its …

The Essence of Wine: Dried Herbs

The mystery of the medicine man's pouch. The secret to grandmother's stew. The smell of the apothecary. Sundried leaves, perfectly cured, have long …

The Essence of Wine: Roses

Few things in this world are laden in equal weights of symbolism and perfume. For millennia we have asked an ancient flower to stand in for factions, …

The Essence of Wine: Dried Fruits

Describing the flavor as ancient barely does justice to history. Dried fruits were perhaps the very first prepared food that human beings thought to …

The Essence of Wine: Blueberries

With the feel of suede-like skin on the tongue, a tiny globe yields to pressure from the teeth with an explosion of juice — first sweet, then …

The Essence of Wine: Peaches

Few flavors so fully speak of summer as the delightfully juicy sweetness of peaches. Long prized for their sensuous skin and delicate flavors, and …

The Essence of Wine: Nuts

Saying that our relationship with nuts goes back for some time dramatically understates the case. For three quarters of a million years, we've been …

The Essence of Wine: Garrigue

Through crystalline blue skies, the sun all but drips onto your welcoming skin. With eyes closed, you are nudged by a soft breeze, whose caress …

The Essence of Wine: Lemon

Bright as sunshine, electric in its sour purity, lemon is one of life's most essential flavors. Its true origins in southeast Asia may never be …

The Essence of Wine: Espresso

Its discovery in the highlands of Ethiopia remains shrouded in the mystery of lost tribal lore. Having bargained for beans, the Sufis were the first …

The Essence of Wine: Watermelon

Its flavors hold memories of long days, green grass, laughter, and innocence. Of all summer fruits, none holds more spirit of childish delight than …

The Essence of Wine: White Flowers

One of life's great, mysterious pleasures can be encountered on a temperate summer evening in certain places in the world, when from out of the …