Chemists at UC Berkeley developed a device that detects the amount of biogenic amines in red wine, which are thought to be the culprit for the mind-numbing red wine headache. Though the detector is still in its prototype stages—and is currently the size of a briefcase—it only takes one drop of wine to determine the headache potential. (There might even be amine labeling on bottles one day.) Researchers are working to shrink the device to the size of a PDA and anyone who has ever suffered the effects of a couple bottles of bargain Cabernet are hopeful. Oddly enough, the technology the amine detector is based on was originally funded by NASA to try to find life on Mars. [AP via Crave]
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Man this would be great if they can get it down to a reasonable size and price. I love me my big reds but I've definitely had those bottles where you kind of say "ouch" right afterwards. It would be nice to know the amine content (if that's the truly the contributing factor) of each wine. Not that I wouldn't drink a particular wine high in amines...I would just have a glass and then switch to something lower in amines.