Daily News: California’s Affordable Premium Wine, Music Affects Taste of Beer

California vineyard

Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:

– Hungary’s wine story enters a new and promising phase as their native furmint enters the American market aided by an ambitious campaign.

– Music affects the way people perceive the taste and even strength of beer, with soft music causing a sweeter sensation and bass-heavy tracks creating a bitter taste.

– A group of young, small-scale vintners are filling the market gap for affordable, premium California wines.

The Journal of Wine Economics presents a global perspective on the impact of climate change on the wine industry, but conclusions remain unclear.

–  A new study indicates that a large percentage of craft beer drinkers rely heavily on information gleaned from their smartphones when making an in-store purchase.

– Finally, The Atlantic explores the effects of alcohol on our egos, impulses and charitability.

[Photo: Flickr/Naotake Murayama]