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If you’re scientific minded and curious, you can learn to identify a great deal of aroma compounds (including “impact compounds”) in wine. Next time you have a glass of wine in front of your nose, see if you can pick out one of these more bizarre flavors.

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Heat destroys wine, and temperatures over 70 degrees can permanently taint the flavor. Above 80 degrees or so and you are literally starting to cook the wine. Here are a few common precautions you should take to prevent wine heat damage:

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