14 of your most embarrassing questions about wine answered with science

We’ve all been there.

You’re in a liquor or grocery store, trying to pick out wine with a group of friends when, inevitably, some unexpected member offers up their expert opinion.

Truth be told, there’s a whole lot of science behind wine. Genetics, chemistry, microbiology, and even psychology all play a role in everything from how it’s produced to which ones we buy and when.

To get a better sense of what goes into making that glass of red or white, we chatted with James Harbertson, a Washington State University professor of enology — that’s the study of wine.

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