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2011-04-14 09:17:00

LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WineMatch.com is raising the bar once again in its proprietary wine profiling and matching system. The Winery Direct-to-Consumer Model (W2C) has been enhanced through the integration of Social Media. WineMatch now allows consumers to create their free account using their existing Facebook or Twitter account credentials, in addition to the option of signing up directly with WineMatch. A consumer logged into WineMatch can now easily...

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2011-04-14 10:50:00

In a blind taste test of wine drinkers, the average person could not tell high-end wine from plonk, or cheap wine, the Telegraph reports. Describing the taste test on a variety of red and white wines ranging from a $6 bottle of Claret to a $50 bottle of champagne, researchers categorized inexpensive wines as costing $8 and less, while expensive bottles were priced at $16 and more. Researchers found people correctly distinguished cheap and expensive white wines only 53 percent of the time, and...

2011-04-13 21:39:43

Researchers are reporting discovery of a scientific basis for extending the shelf life of beer so that it stays fresh and tastes good longer. For the first time, they identified the main substances that cause the bitter, harsh aftertaste of aged beer and suggest that preventing the formation of these substances could help extend its freshness. Their findings appear in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Thomas Hofmann and colleagues point out that beer can develop an unpleasant,...

2011-04-11 21:45:47

The mere taste of something extremely bitter"”even if you don't swallow it at all"”is enough to cause that dreaded feeling of nausea and to set your stomach churning, according to a new study reported in the April 12th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. "This work shows that our body and our physiology anticipate the consequences of foods we might eat, even if those foods contain toxins or anti-nutrients," said Paul Breslin of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and...

2011-04-07 12:53:16

NIH-funded scientists report findings on olfactory clues to Alzheimer's disease, the sweet taste of anticipation, and the impact of autoimmune diseases on taste during research meeting in St. Pete Beach, Fla. What: Scientists supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, will be presenting their latest research findings at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS)....

2011-04-06 21:51:13

Success opens doors extending from health to new taste molecules Following years of futile attempts, new research from the Monell Center demonstrates that living human taste cells can be maintained in culture for at least seven months. The findings provide scientists with a valuable tool to learn about the human sense of taste and how it functions in health and disease. This advance ultimately will assist efforts to prevent and treat taste loss or impairment due to infection, radiation,...

2011-03-31 08:52:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We've all been guilty of passing up wholesome foods for better tasting, less nutritious ones at some point. With millions of adults and children avoiding those healthful foods because of the bitter taste, and gagging or vomiting when forced to take bitter liquid medicines, scientists reported a leap toward a high-tech version of Mary Poppins' solution.  It's not a spoonful of sugar to help the stuff go down . . . but a new and improved "bitterness blocker." "A lot...

2011-03-21 08:34:00

SAN DIEGO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- My Cellar Master (MCM) offers a new and innovative way to taste and learn about wine. The Themed Wine Tasting Party contains everything you need to taste wine, pair it with food and much more. Designed by Eddie Osterland, America's 1st Master Sommelier and a team of young sommeliers, the idea is to provide a cutting-edge service that offers everyone from the novice to the aficionado the opportunity to taste wine like a Master Sommelier. HOW IT...

2011-03-09 08:37:32

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Why do we constantly crave that chocolate or those sweet tarts? Scientists have discovered that taste cells have several addition sugar detectors on top of the previously known sweet receptor. This could be a key step in developing strategies to limit overconsumption, according to this study. "Detecting the sweetness of nutritive sugars is one of the most important tasks of our taste cells," senior author Robert F. Margolskee, M.D., Ph.D., a molecular...

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2011-03-08 11:37:06

Multiple taste cell sensors contribute to detecting sugars A new research study dramatically increases knowledge of how taste cells detect sugars, a key step in developing strategies to limit overconsumption. Scientists from the Monell Center and collaborators have discovered that taste cells have several additional sugar detectors other than the previously known sweet receptor. "Detecting the sweetness of nutritive sugars is one of the most important tasks of our taste cells," said senior...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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