November 22, 2011

Swirl and Taste: Physics for Wine Snobs

Daniel Strain, Science Now


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Meet the new flavor of wine: fruity with a hint of fluid dynamics. Oenophiles have long gotten the best out of their reds by giving their glasses a swirl before sipping. A new study has revealed the physics behind that sloshing, showing that three factors may determine whether your merlot arcs smoothly or starts to splash.

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TAGGED: Fluid Dynamics, Wine