Image care of: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.alibaba.com/photo/257010271/Plastic_Wine_Bottle.jpg&imgrefurl=http://santongsuye.en.alibaba.com/product/257010271-209513639/Plastic_Wine_Bottle.html&usg=__SoDzE7rIW9K_3NfNjnPF17QtsQQ=&h=393&w=267&sz=16&hl=en&start=16&tbnid=NoXOmntXoVYjHM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=84&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwine%2Bin%2Bplastic%2Bbottle%26hl%3DenThis week there's a little something for everyone  by way of wine news, regardless of your specific interest in the science behind wine. Some way, somehow, these headlines are sure to hit close to home. Let's jump right in! I'm a visual, tactile person so I usually embrace every opportunity to better engage my senses to remember something. In the wine world, that usually means taking my time to engage ALL of my senses as I evaluate a wine. But can aromas be visualized? Do we need them to be?  For better or worse, the folks at Aromicon are taking this idea for a test drive. Check out this article at Springwise to get the scoop!

I couldn't find my related post about pests in the vineyards (sometime last year, I believe), but there's a shocking bit of news coming out of UC Davis regarding work to mitigate - or eliminate - the nematode problem perplexing California vineyard managers and winemakers. Apparently the Dept. of Nematology at Davis is being shut down, despite the fact that the problem has yet to be resolved. Wines & Vines didn't report on the politics or economics or whathave you happening behind the scenes there. But here's an update on the situation plaguing Northern California in particular. If you know a bit more on this, please weigh in below!

In other news, somehow I missed last year that Boisset decided to ship Beaujolais Nouveau in plastic bottles - to reduce costs of shipping the historic, annual November wine. (I wonder why they chose plastic over bag-in-box...). And, it seems this year Japan is taking things one step further by selling the wine as such - without re-bottling it in glass first. Did you see or hear any further news on this plastic-ization of BN last year - or more recently?