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2011-09-01 13:48:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grape harvest is approaching, a time when a foodie's fancy turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, destinations across the Golden State are celebrating California Wine Month. From innovative wine immersion experiences and hot travel deals to cool events, it is an ideal time to visit wine country, when the air is buzzing with the creative energy of California's artisan winegrowers and winemakers bringing in the...

2011-08-23 21:10:00

Throughout the ages, fine art has been accorded a special significance and recognized as a powerful communication tool. Art has been used to sell everything from products to politics to religion. But art can be stripped of its special status if used carelessly by advertisers, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and the University of Houston. If the artwork is viewed as a product-relevant illustration, then consumers no longer view it as art. Suddenly, they can...

2011-08-23 11:08:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilt Taste (www.gilttaste.com), the new online culinary marketplace and interactive magazine from Gilt Groupe, announces the launch of its wine division today, featuring exclusive access to highly coveted bottles and wonderful stories about the people behind them. Gilt Taste, which debuted in beta in May, now offers a full-price wine marketplace with more than 50 exceptional and hard to find wines from California and France, many of which are...

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2011-08-10 10:10:00

When are our adult food preferences formed? According to new research they are ingrained in us very early in the womb. New research by the Monell Chemical Senses Center finds that mothers can influence a baby's palate and food memories before it is born by introducing foods to her unborn child. In the womb, the baby is surrounded and nourished on the amniotic fluid, which is filled with the flavors of what the mom has eaten. "Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint -- these are some...

2011-08-03 12:18:39

Protein inside taste cells turn off bitter taste New findings may lend insight into why some people are especially sensitive to bitter tastes. Scientists from the Monell Center and Givaudan Flavors have identified a protein inside of taste cells that acts to shorten bitter taste signals. They further report that mice lacking the gene for this taste terminator protein are more sensitive to bitter taste and also find it more aversive, possibly because they experience the taste for a longer...

2011-07-28 17:41:14

Researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue which can identify different types of cava wines, thanks to a combination of sensor systems and advanced mathematical procedures. The device automatically produces classifications similar to those of a sommelier. Cava varies in type according to the amount of sugar added with the expedition liqueur after secondary fermentation (which produces carbonic gas). Therefore it is useful to know the exact amount of...

2011-06-13 09:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill today announced initial findings from its multi-year research program to understand how beverage ingredients interact to affect taste, sweetness and mouthfeel at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo. Preliminary results of research in lemon-lime beverages validate Cargill's new approach to reduced calorie beverage formulations by confirming that there is a connection between key mouthfeel sensations and consumers'...

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2011-06-11 08:55:00

According to a new study, drinking two sugary drinks a day can dull the taste buds and lead to cravings for high-calorie foods. The research suggests that within a month those who drink sugary beverages are left with a dulled sensitivity of sweet tastes.  This leads to an increased preference for high-calorie and sugar-laden foods, which creates a "vicious cycle" as consumers look for their next treat. Those who do not have a sweet tooth are particularly at risk of developing one...

2011-05-25 05:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer may have you daydreaming about an exotic vacation, whether it's lounging on the sun-drenched coast of southern France, hiking Argentina's foothills, or diving into the clear waters of Greece. With Whole Foods Market's Top 10 Summer Wines, you can settle into summer with a bottle of wine to enjoy a taste of travel on a budget without leaving the backyard. "New World" meets "Old World" with Whole Foods Market's Top 10 Summer Wines, priced...

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...