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Microbes influence wine flavours – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2015.

Why do wines taste different? A new New Zealand study shows that a wine’s terroir – the unique combination of tastes and aromas – is in part dependent on the microbes hanging about the winery. Researchers from the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research confirmed for the first time that – as long […]

In the news: Climate change impact on vineyards

John Kerr posted in on April 10th, 2013.

Climate change may have a silver lining for grape growers in New Zealand, according to a new global study. The research, published in PNAS this week, found that the area of land suitable for growing grapes would change substantially around the world under predicted climate shifts in the next four decades.  According to the authors, […]

‘A Drink a day’ and women’s health – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 7th, 2011.

New research suggests that one -and only one- drink of alcohol a day could be good for the health of middle-aged women. However, the implied benefits of alcohol are drawing criticism from some experts.   US researchers have studied over 121,000 nurses enrolled in the US Nurses’ Health Study which started in 1976. They compared […]

Malborough Express/NZPA: Wine project to get $12m boost

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2010.

Michael Berry (and NZPA) writes in the Malborough Express about the $12million FoRST grant which will fund research into sauvignon blanc over the next 6 years. The research is looking into how to broaden the range of flavours in the wine, and lead to the ability to tailor wine tastes for different markets/countries. An excerpt: […]

NZ Herald: How sunshine shapes your wine

Peter Griffin posted in on July 5th, 2010.

Jo Burzynska writes in the New Zealand Herald about research suggesting that the high levels of UV experienced by New Zealand could be a factor in the distinctive tastes of our wine. It might also boost the healthy-giving properties of wine by triggering vines to increase their production of  polyphenols, a natural antioxidant. An excerpt: […]

NZ Herald: Just one bottle can be deadly

Peter Griffin posted in on May 12th, 2010.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol, and why the urge to throw up after having drunk too much saves lives. A fatal overdose of alcohol is 400ml of alcohol, which translates to about 23 cans of beer, 4 bottles of wine or a litre of […]

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