Skunked Wine

My college RA imparted many words of wisdom, but none were heeded so vigorously as the proscription against letting cold beer get warm.  This, he confidently stated, caused beer to “skunk.”  These words hit home for our entire floor and we carefully planned our purchases of warm or cold beer accordingly.  But no matter how careful we were...

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Teach the Controversy: Are Sulphites in Wine a Problem?

Sulphur, sulphites, or, to be precise, sulphur dioxide, is much maligned in the wine industry.  This is somewhat understandable.  Sulphur dioxide in low concentrations smells terrible and in high concentrations is quite toxic.  And if that isn’t enough, sulphur, also known as brimstone, is strongly associated with hell.

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