The Oeno-File: Winemaker Lullabies His Wines With Music; ‘Critter’ Wines Face Off in Court

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I prefer death metal Merlots, myself.

A kooky Austrian winemaker has invented a sound system that exposes fermenting grape juice to classical, jazz, or electronic tunes. "The sound waves, he claims, positively influence the maturing process and produce a better tasting wine." [Hour]

Australia's Yellow Tail is suing smaller winemaker Little Roo for trademark infringement basically for putting a kangaroo on their label that looks like Yellow Tail's wallaby. [WSJ]

The Fine Wine Game, a documentary currently in production, will explore the relationship between Chinese big spenders and the growing Bordeaux bubble over there. [Decanter]

A new winemaker at the famed Stags' Leap Winery in Napa is looking to elevate the winery's style and make their Cabernets more Bordeaux-like. [Press-Democrat]

While many consider 2007 to be an exemplary vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet, Eric Asimov and his crew found "many uniform, monochromatic wines with little finesse." [NYT]

According to a winemaker and popular wine consultant, Pinot Noirs are becoming more and more un-Pinot-like, both here and abroad. Also: "You can smell terroir more than you can taste it." [Gray Market Report]

Another study says that for people over 75, a daily glass of wine cuts dementia risk by over a third. [Telegraph UK]

One of America's first oenophiles, Thomas Jefferson, a big fan of Bordeaux, made consistent orders to France for Chateaux Haut-Brion, Lafite, Margaux, and Yquem all still operational wineries. "They were just guessing back then, but even without the science, they had figured out what to do to make good wine," says Wine Enthusaist. [Wine Enthusiast]