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#AskAChemist: Are wine baths a waste of money?

This week’s episode is brought to you by NBA baller Amar’e Stourdemire, Chemical & Engineering News, and Franzia. Enjoy!   ________ Featured image from Franzia

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FeaturedSkepticism

Grading Wine: What is the 100-Point System?

If you purchase wine regularly, you’ve probably come across “shelf talkers,” the laminated tags displayed with wine that often include a review from a prominent magazine or critic such as …

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Skepticism

Cross-Post: Tasting Notes

This post is a collaboration between Julia Burke at Skepchick and Ashley Hamer at Mad Art Lab.  When Anne Sauer alerted us to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by …

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Skepticism

Toxic Wine! A Case of Arsenic

I emerged from SkepchickCon at ChiFi to find the world’s cheap wine drinkers in an uproar over recent findings that certain cheap wines contain arsenic. A class-action lawsuit has been …

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Skepticism

Biodynamic Wine: My Favorite Pseudoscience

It seems every one of my skeptic-leaning friends has a pseudoscience for which they have the teeniest bit of sympathy. Whether it’s because they used to believe it, because they …

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FeaturedSkepticism

How to Fake Your Way Through a Wine Tasting

I’m currently in the final preparation stages for a wine course and subsequent certification exam that, if I pass, will render me a WSET Level 3 sommelier and thus eminently …

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Skepticism

TJ Wine’s Dirty Secret Ingredient: Mouse Bits

This post is Part VI in my Skeptical Wine-ing series. Previously: Part I, II, III, IV, V1, and V2 CN: Spiders; bees; small and quickly darting animals Note: The image above, …

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Craft Beverage People: Do Better.

CN: Slurs; rape jokes; racist and sexist langage and images (mostly in links) It’s no secret that the artisanal food and beverage criticism field is a pretty privileged bunch. After …

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