Nerds are so loveable - and smart!
Nerds are so loveable - and smart!

I think by now we can all agree: I am a wine nerd. I mean, my personal mission is to make wine much more accessible. But given the right audience, I'm quite likely to talk about the nerdier characteristics of a wine, what soil type the vines must have been planted in, the difference between a "high altitude" and a "valley floor" wine, why hand-harvesting resulted in a more concentrated vino experience, the difference between Pinot Noir and one of its genetic counterparts, St. Laurent, etc. But when it comes to the why and what of physics, or the likes of ion beams, particle accelerators, and gamma rays, well, you're more likely to catch me trying to keep up with the Discovery Channel and How it's Made using my TiVo "rewind" feature to sort it all out. (Self awareness is half the battle, I always say....)

Take a look and read for yourself this Friday News and Trends day... The BBC has revealed "Winemakers Crack Open High-Tec Tricks" to prevent fraud - and it is JUICY! Once you're done reading, pop back over here. I'm curious for some of you awesome, scientifically-minded folks to conduct some 'poke some holes' analysis and let us all know: Will all this high-falutent technology actually prevent wine fraud?