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If you’ve ever taken a drive through California’s picturesque vineyards and pastoral farms, you know it’s impossible to imagine the Golden State without them. But California wouldn’t have become a dream destination for foodies and oenophiles without research from the University of California. Today, California rivals France, Italy and Spain as a global wine producer, contributing billions of dollars each year to the economy. California also produces a majority of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts, and a large portion of its livestock and dairy, with yearly production valued at $45 billion. That wasn’t always the case. In 1860, New...

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I often think of wines in musical terms—and vice versa. And that got me wondering, can synergies with music make a wine in the glass better and add something extra to the music on the sound system? Sipping a wine that complements the music can do the same as a happy wine-and-food match. It can improve both sides of the equation. I can thank the late Burgundy vigneron Vincent Leflaive for setting me on this path. I like to tell the story of how, on my first visit to Burgundy in the 1980s, tasting through barrels of Leflaive's incomparable white Burgundies in...

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 Photo Credit: Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images Let's hope that your wine never tastes like cocktail sauce, that zippy red stuff that comes with shrimp appetizers and raw oysters on the half shell. But let’s also use those two words — cocktail and sauce — individually and completely unrelated to the zippy red sauce, to get to the bottom of when and how the wine you drink can reach its full potential. Is your wine at its best as a “cocktail” or a “sauce”? Sometime in the 1980s, wine started wedging its way into the consciousness of American nightlife revelers....

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A 15-year study finds a daily drink can increase longevity. Plus, researchers find that wine can improve heart health in diabetics and may prevent tooth decay

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Can a daily glass of wine help prevent cancer? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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