Ah, there's nothing like a little pseudo-science to brighten up your day. Check out this headline: "Scientists Prove How to Value a Bottle of Wine, Just by Feeling its Dimple."
Yes, that's right, the deeper the dimple, the higher the price. These "scientists" have even come up with an equation! Are you ready?:
Price of Bottle = (Dimple Depth in Millimeters + $6.65) / 4.314Hmm. We'll assume because we're nice that they forgot to make the basic disclaimer that this equation only works for current release prices, not for older vintages (we know that the dimples don't get deeper over time). But even assuming that, the bottle of Screaming Eagle I've been eyeing warily at a cost of $1199 should have a dimple depth of 5 centimeters, or about 2 inches, which I think you'd only find on a Champagne bottle if anywhere.
Not particularly useful. But maybe, to be charitable, it really does help judge the difference between, say, Turning Leaf and Two Buck Chuck. That will definitely be useful for all the blind folks out there who want to make sure they don't overspend in the wine aisle, or maybe for the wineries themselves, who will all move to deeper dimples so they can proudly boast, "We've got the dimple depth of wines costing more than twice as much!"
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. 2015 Roederer Award Winner.Learn more.
Ridiculous Recommendations about Wine and Pregnancy Vinography Images: Storm Clouds I'll Drink to That: Brad Hickey of Brash Higgins Winery The 25th Annual Zinfandel Experience Tasting: February 27, San Francisco Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 2/1/16 Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 24, 2016 I'll Drink to That: Paul Roberts of Colgin Cellars Vinography Images: Forward and Back Martha Stewart's Wine Cellar is a Disaster I'll Drink to That: Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga of Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune