Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's All in the Swirl

In my mind, it doesn't sound very glamourous when physicists refer to the very elegant gesture of expertly swirling a nice wine in a crystal goblet as "orbital shaking", but experts in the field of fluid mechanics report that's what it takes to release the bouquet so that we can differentiate between exquisite wines and those that don't quite make the grade.
According to a recent study released by scientists a the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the swirling process makes a wave in the glass that churns the wine, pulls in oxygen and ultimately intensifies the smell. And that's what we're experiencing after giving our glass the oh-so pretentious swirl, as the waiter or waitress anxiously waits on the sideline for a "thumbs-up". Without going into the details of the glass shape, shaking diameter, rotation speed, oxygenation or bioreactors, we can safely conclude that the end results of swirling the glass benefit our tasting experience.
The Connection Between Swirling and Energy Levels

As simple as it looks, there's more to the ins and outs of proper swirling than meets the eye, so while mimicking the rich and famous may give an impressive air of sophistication, the results could be disappointing. The real trick is while swirling, to mix the wine gently but without raising the energy levels. While the mathematical phenomenon is quite complex and challenging when it is used in the pharmaceutical industry, wine lovers have used this simple method of releasing the aroma for ages. The new studies also emphasise that along with the gentle swirl, it's the ever-so-slight flick of the wrist that successfully mixes the biological cell cultures without destroying the contents.  Nice to know that scientists are looking to wine drinkers to help unlock the secrets to the bio-dynamics of liquids.

18 comments:

  1. Wow ... This article is great! Nice to know, that in fact people are already practicing science in real life. And that change the look, color and smell of something without changing the cell nucleus is something that is easily practiced, even in a glamorous life, will be very useful in the future.

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  2. Very informative article I may say..I have also learned about swirling a glass of wine my cousin told me that if you swirl your wine the aroma and taste comes out which give you its flavor..Thanks

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  3. I am not really so familiar with wine drinking, as I really do not drink. However, it is with this article that I discovered that there is an effect in the swirling of the fingers over the crystal edge of a glass. Thinking of it as just a simple gesture, or a habit, I now know that and realize that there is more to it than meets the eye. There is actually an effect that happens. Seems I have to know more about it.

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  4. Wow! Great article.. my cousin used to tell me that if you swirl your wine it will bring about the rel taste of the wine..Thanks for sharing..

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  5. I never knew about swirling before,but I am grateful to this article because of which I know about this awesome things,it is something great to know for a people like me who love to drink but occasionally.....

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  6. The illustration informs well about the effects of swirling. No one may be is aware of this. I agree when the author says - "to mix the wine gently but without raising the energy levels." This article is a good contribution to unlock the secrets of swirling the wine.

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  7. I don't drink but my friends used to have wine. Article is quite a good way of explaining the wines from the scientific studies. Well swirling i was not know to this process, thanks for sharing such a good article about wines and it process to make it more drinkable.
    I have more interest in biology and i feel good by knowing the swirling

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  8. This is a good article. where they found a science by just drinking wine. but unfortunately I do not like to drink it. but i like this article.

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  9. Thanks for the new information on wining and swirling. To me, it looks that swirling releases more aroma from the liquid that enriches nostrils of the person, giving him a taste in advance. Anyway, thanks again...

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  10. I am not a professional person in the wines. But it is interesting to learn more about it. In fact I find the swirling is an important step when we taste the wine.

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  11. I seldom see people explain wine from the science point of view. It is nice to use scientific ways to explain it. It is amazing that oxygen + wine + Swirl = better taste!

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  12. Swirling looks like a good gesture of a wine lover. I want also to think that it is also a start of good mood and good conversation. But one needs a proper way to do it, thanks for this.

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  13. This article is definitely a revealing read-on item for wine enthusiasts. Frankly, I do not drink but I appreciate reading suck kind of article for information and sharing. People will certainly be surprised to hear this because of the simplicity of such gesture.

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  14. wow , all this time I thought swirling the wine was a mere gesture
    thats a lot of quality stuff behind wine ;) CHeers

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  15. Not having been to a vineyard or winery, I wouldn't know about the science behind the "swirling" of wines during tasting/ testing (or however they call it). I'm just really used to seeing it in the movies or in such shows like "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". Truly, as this article states, there is more to wine-tasting (and the swirling process) than meets the eye. Thanks for the information!

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  16. wow, it very intereisting to know about ths blog. i like what you write. good jobs

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  17. Swirling the wine makes a change in taste preference, when we swirling the wine there is something that makes the atmosphere more enjoyable and the joy of having a wine while swirling it doubles.

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  18. your blog gives a detailed explanation for the swirling process. I think we get a lot of benefits with this swirling process and come to know about this after reading your blog.

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