Coming soon: vintners with WMDs?

March 22nd, 2010

How can you not read a story with a title like How atom bomb tests could help detect wine fraud?

A trace of Bikini atoll could join hints of black cherry and complex citrus notes in the sommelier's lexicon for describing fine wines, research has suggested.

Harmless amounts of radioactive carbon have been found in wines made from grapes harvested since the last atmospheric atomic bomb tests were carried out in the 1960s. [...]

Harmless, but apparently useful in confirming the vintage of a particular bottle of wine.

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