Tag Archives: Cornell University

• The taste of your wine is really in your nose

The taste of your wine is really in your nose

If you’ve had a glass of wine with friends, odds are someone has described at as oaky. And perhaps you’ve heard a white wine described as having notes of green pepper. None of that happens because someone tossed a bell pepper into the wine as it was being fermented. Rather, it happens because of unique […]

• Wine drinkers often overpour, study says. Duh.

Wine drinkers often overpour, study says. Duh.

People who drink wine often don’t know how much they are consuming, researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities found in a new study. Though the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says a standard serving is 5 ounces, varieties of wine glass shapes, sizes and colors make it hard to keep track of […]

• Another good reason to drink beer! Beer waste is fodder for producing liquid biofuels

Another good reason to drink beer! Beer waste is fodder for producing liquid biofuels

Anyone cracking open a cold beer is probably not considering the wastewater left over after the beer was brewed. But for Cornell researchers, that vinegary effluent is a scientific playground for devising ways to transform wastewater into biofuels. Methane from brewery waste Employing powerful genome sequencing tools, Cornell scientists led by Largus T. Angenent, associate […]

• Lack of sex bad for grapes’ health

Lack of sex bad for grapes’ health

For the last 8,000 years, the wine grape has had very little sex. This unnatural abstinence threatens to sap the grape’s genetic health and the future pleasure of millions of oenophiles. The lack of sex has been discovered by Sean Myles, a geneticist at Cornell University. He developed a gene chip that tests for the […]

• New grape varieties needed to keep wine flowing

New grape varieties needed to keep wine flowing

The future of wine-making depends on developing new varieties of grape, scientists say – and maps of the grape genome can help provide them. Disease is a constant issue for growers; but new regulations are likely to curb the use of chemical treatments. US researchers have made genome maps of more than 1,000 vine samples. […]

• Right. Somebody Owes Somebody an Apology…for that Sweet Wine Study

Right. Somebody Owes Somebody an Apology…for that Sweet Wine Study

In the business of gathering news, as the old saw goes, “Dog Bites Man” is not news. “Man Bites Dog,” well, now you have a story that needs to be told. On my beat, this is the equivalent of that toothy, aggressive guy: A recent study, conducted by Tim Hanni, MW (master of wine), in […]

• Update from the 10th International Grape Breeding and Genetics Conference: Future Vines Without Powdery and Downy Mildew?

Update from the 10th International Grape Breeding and Genetics Conference: Future Vines Without Powdery and Downy Mildew?

By Tim Martinson Senior Extension Associate, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University I had the opportunity to sit in on a session of the 10th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics, held August 1-5 right here in Geneva, New York. This meeting attracted grapevine geneticists and breeders from all over the world—notably Australia, Europe, Asia, […]