Friday, February 03, 2006

a fish for my folks...

time machine for wine?

we're talking about aging & vintages here:

Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savor the complex bouquet at its peak.
For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time -- and he says he's got the machinery to prove it.

i don't know if i believe it, but Hiroshi Tanaka, president of Innovative Design and Technology, "claims to have perfected a machine that can transform a bottle of just-fermented Beaujolais Nouveau into a fine, mellow wine in seconds, all by zapping it with a few volts of electricity."

because apparently, "In the natural maturation process, the taste of wine is enhanced by the mixture of alcohol with water molecule clusters, Tanaka says.

Though the exact mechanism of water molecule clusters remain a matter of scientific debate, Tanaka claims the electrolysis treatment instantaneously breaks up water clusters in the wine, allowing the water to more thoroughly blend with the alcohol."

craziness. & if it works...fabulous cheap wine for all? at the price, perhaps, of the wine culture? hmmmm...the implications...

5 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Imagine getting Boone's Farm for pennies on the dollar!!!

11:20 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

yeeees...though i think the idea is to make good wine available at boone's prices...unless you're a fan of strawberry flavored wine, of course. :P

1:07 PM  
Blogger MrGonSings swam up to say...

anyone thinking of doing what that dude is doing to that bottle of wine scares the shit out of me... wine should remain sacred!

10:38 AM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

I suppose the wealthy purists will continue to be old school, and become more exclusive and small in numbers in the process, which they won't mind. A whole lot of ppl will drink trendily taste-ified wine, and a possibly not insignificant number of wine lovers with not too much money and an antipathy to this new wine, for whatever reason, will suffer.

It's the little guy who will suffer, no matter what the news is.

5:52 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i'm pretty sure i'm the little guy. girl. whatever.

1:52 PM  

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