These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor.
Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?
French wines for sale at a Los Angeles supermarket on August 18, 2019.
French wine is the subject of an ongoing trade dispute between the US and EU, but tariffs could have impacts not intended by US president Donald Trump.
Ultimately, just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding.
Does beer help a new mother's milk come in? Does 'pumping and dumping' allow you to drink and breast-feed? A doctor sorts the evidence from the myth.
Rosé has become one of the millenials’ favorite drinks in just a few years. Why?
The millennials have boosted rosé consumption: in the United States alone, 65% of them declare themselves "rosé drinkers". How can this overall success be explained?
Record-breaking maximum temperatures are changing ripening times in Australia’s wine regions.
A plant-growth-regulating spray might be the solution for vineyards affected by heatwaves.
Research out of the US tested different varieties of beer and wine for the presence of glyphosate – but there’s lots to consider when interpreting the findings.
The amount of alcohol you'd have to drink before glyphosate posed even a negligible risk would harm you well before the glyphosate would.
How to select your next wine bottle? Turn to an expert? Yes? But which expert?!
Do you turn to a wine expert to help you chose your bottle of wine? Wine experts may have different evaluations depending on the school of thought in which they were trained.
This wine label referenced bikinis and beaches. Thankfully, things have become a little more sophisticated since in our understanding of place.
Labels plonked on plonk once had a distinctly awkward sense of place. But a new breed are helping to create a sense of Australian terroir.
It looks good, but where did this pork come from?
Food suppliers and sellers around the world are using blockchain technologies to ensure that what consumers buy is labeled clearly and accurately.
There’s a reason we apologise to our livers after a big night, and it’s not pretty.
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
What is it that makes us feel drunk when we drink? And why do we keep drinking if it can make us feel so terrible?
From vineyard to glass.
Wine drinkers are taking notes from the land now too, but it may not be entirely useful.
A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
Some Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries are worried about the China tariffs.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
While the proposed tariffs would have little effect on US wine sales in the short term, their long-term impact could be much more problematic.
Deep inside Monte Kronio, hot, humid and sulfurous caves held an ancient secret.
Giuseppe Savino, La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche
Growing grapes and making wine come with a lot of implications about a culture's capabilities. Apparently, Sicily of 6,000 years ago was more sophisticated than archaeologists had given it credit for.
This 1980s ad for Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle mirrored the shift in Australian wine culture from egalitarian to aspirational.
Lindeman’s (Holdings) Ltd, Z418 Box 335 27.103, Noel Butlin Archives Centre
Lindeman's Ben Ean Moselle was the ultimate wine for everyone in the 1970s. But as Australia grew wealthier, its fortunes faded in competition with other, 'finer' wines.
Pouring Saison, a classic Belgian farmhouse-style ale, at Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine.
Winemakers call the ecological factors that define their product terroir. By redefining that idea to include history and social ties, New England craft brewers have grown an industry with local roots.
While Champagne seems eternal and unchanging, its fame is in fact the product of four founding myths. These have shaped its identity and the images now associated with its consumption.
A recent study found people link different alcohol types to different emotional states.
Photo by Mattias Diesel on Unsplash
Some people believe different drinks make them feel differently. But the effect alcohol has on your mood depends on factors like where you are drinking it and how you're feeling at the time.
Behind labels’ designs, brand storytellings.
Wine labels feature a seemingly endless variety of images, type and themes. But an analysis shows that two broad themes dominate, each with four subtypes, all to craft stories that appeal to consumers.
Walter Dendy Sadler via Wikimedia Commons
For those wondering whether it is sinful to drink, even moderately, a scholar goes into the history of alcohol and its distillation to show how early monks and priests contributed to it.