Mass spectrometry-based metabolomics in grapevine and wine fingerprinting

By Marta Sousa Silva and Carlos Cordeiro
Wine metabolome results from a complex process, involving grapes, yeast, bacteria, terroir effects and its ageing in wooden barrels. Wine metabolome fingerprint tells the story of its origin, production and quality. Its characterization is of paramount importance for quality control, authenticity and quality improvement. Wine metabolome characterization remains one the greatest challenges of analytical chemistry and biochemistry that challenges all conventional approaches to metabolomics. Find out more

Fiano, Greco and Falanghina grape cultivars differentiation by volatiles fingerprinting

By Andrea Carpentieri, Angelo Sebastianelli , Chiara Melchiorre , Gabriella Pinto, Marco Trifuoggi, Vincenzo Lettera and Angela Amoresano 
Wine authentication is gaining an increasing importance. Researchers are developing new methods to detect frauds mainly related with Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) or Protected Geographic Indication (P.G.I.) denomination. The distinctive aroma or bouquet of a wine is the result of complex interactions of volatile molecules and odor receptors. This post summarizes a study carried out to obtain the profile of volatiles on the same samples using solid phase micro extraction coupled to gas chromatography. Find out more

Alcohol Use in Fatty Liver Disease

By Fredrik Åberg
The effects of alcohol use in non‐alcoholic fatty‐liver disease are unclear. This post descries a study aimed to investigate the impact of alcohol use in fatty liver disease on incident liver, cardiovascular, and malignant disease, and death. Authors concluded that even low alcohol intake in fatty liver disease is associated with increased risks for advanced liver disease and cancer. Low to moderate alcohol use is associated with reduced mortality and CVD risk, but only among never smokers. This post alerts for the need of a serious discussion about wine health effects like the one that Science & Wine is promoting. See all in Find out more


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