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The Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

10 Jul 2019

​This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

The Truth Behind "Beer Before Liquor"

6 Jun 2019

Have you ever heard the saying "beer before liquor never been sicker"? Or “liquor before beer, you’re in the clear”? What about “grape or grain but never the twain”? Well, it turns out that there...

Should we worry about glyphosate residues in wine?

8 Mar 2018

Scarcely a day goes by without some scary story about glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide. It is best known as the active ingredient in Monsanto’s “Roundup” which is used to kill...

Should we worry about arsenic in wine?

20 Mar 2017

A story about arsenic-laced wine is panicking a lot of people. It’s all about a lawsuit brought against the producers of some wines claiming they contain unsafe amounts of arsenic. As far as I can...

Plastic Wine Bottles?

20 Mar 2017

While PET has a very low permeability when it comes to carbon dioxide, it readily allows oxygen to pass through. And oxygen is the enemy of wine! When we talk about storing soft drinks,...

What does "blanc de noirs" mean when referring to wine?

20 Mar 2017

By removing the grape skins after red grapes are pressed. Many people believe that red wine is made from red grapes and white wine from green grapes. They are wrong. When grapes are pressed, the...

What is "Bordeaux Mixture?"

20 Mar 2017

It isn’t a blend of wines from the Bordeaux region of France to sell to undiscerning customers. Bordeaux mixture is a fungicide made of copper sulphate and calcium hydroxide, the latter better...

The Atom Bomb and the Age of Wine

20 Mar 2017

The purveyors of fake wines probably never dreamed that they could be caught by a carbon atom. A special kind of carbon atom. One that in addition to the six protons in its nucleus has eight...

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