Science Strikes Again

The handyman is here, patching holes and covering the walls in some smelly paste. We are once more stuck in hiding, waiting impatiently for these strangers to disappear. Unable to grab a bottle of wine, we have been forced to find other ways to entertain ourselves.

So far we have managed to lose two furry mice and a feathered concoction under various pieces of bedroom furniture. Mostest has been willing to squeeze underneath to retrieve these items, but eventually, we felt the need to do more. Thank goodness for the internet. We’ve been able to at least read about wine if not actually drink it.

And what a wonderful bit of wine news we stumbled across during our perusal!

It seems there’s a genius of a biophysicist at Brandeis University named Daniel Perlman. During his day job, Dr. Perlman develops such items as “healthy fats” and transportable chemical kits for potable water. He’s also developed anti-graffiti coatings and home radon detection kits. But he has finally reached the pinnacle of his career with his latest creation. Say hello to the no-drip wine bottle.

A fellow wine-lover, Dr. Perlman was long troubled by the loss of precious liquid that occurs when wine is poured directly from the bottle. He claims it was the stains left by red wine on wood and cloth surfaces that served as his inspiration, but we suspect it was more the loss of a single drop of delicious wine that acted as his muse. Who hasn’t felt that twinge of sadness when watching that lovely droplet making its lonely way down the neck of a bottle?

The secret to Dr. Perlman’s new bottle? It’s all about the movement of wine across a glass surface. Wine tends to cling to glass surfaces which leads to a backwards flow even as your pouring from the bottle. When you lift the bottle up, that wine closest to the glass is forced over the lip by the wine being pulled back into the bottle as you change the angle.

Dr. Perlman’s solution places a groove near the lip of the bottle. The groove stops the back flow from the wine moving along the glass so that when you pour from the bottle, the wine that flows out is all moving in the same direction and speed. Rather than a fat stream ┬áthat clings to the glass, you have a nice, well-defined arc that doesn’t touch the lip of the bottle. The result – lifting the bottle no longer results in dripping. Instead, every last bit is either in your glass or in the bottle.

Of course, our preference is for wine in the glass, not the bottle, but either way, there’s no more lost wine. And that’s something we can all appreciate.

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