The Science Behind Cheap Wine (Smithsonian)

“I liked wine the same way I liked Tibetan hand puppetry or theoretical particle physics,” writes journalist Bianca Bosker in the introduction to her new book Cork Dork, “which is to say I had no idea what was going on but was content to smile and nod.”

Smithsonian Magazine explores the scientific history of wine and the process of its production. Many consumers do not realize the chemistry required to produce wine, as bottles rarely list their ingredients. Alcohol is not covered by the FDA, so winemakers are not required to disclose what is inside. Read more about it.

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