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Rifle-shaped wine bottle

Ever since I posted a photo of an odd wine bottle four years ago, I’ve periodically had people leave comments or send me email about odd wine bottles! Here’s the latest, an Italian wine bottle shaped like a riffle: Here’s

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The solar system in a glass of wine

William Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence opens with these famous lines: To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.

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Odd wine bottle

Unusual wine bottle on display at Café Amore, Cypress (Houston) Texas. Three liter hand-crafted crystal bottle of 1999 Super Toscani IGT wine, about three feet tall. Here’s a close-up of the label. Other wine posts: the politics, science, and math

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What's good for you in red wine

I’ve heard two podcasts that contradict each other somewhat as far as what it is in red wine that’s good for you. According to this Scientific American interview with Charles Bamforth it’s really the alcohol in wine that’s good for your arteries and

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Wine and politics

Yesterday I ran across an interview with Tyler Colman, a.k.a. Dr. Vino. He discussed his book Wine Politics, subtitled How Governments, Environmentalists and Mobsters Influence the Wines We Drink. The book grew out of Colman’s PhD thesis in political economy.

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Wine, Beer, and Statistics

William Gosset discovered the t-distribution while working for the Guinness brewing company. Because his employer prevented employees from publishing papers, Gosset published his research under the pseudonym Student. That’s why his distribution is often called Student’s t-distribution. This story is fairly well

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