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    To Test Champagne’s Quality, Scientists Lend an Ear

    Who knew flutes were musical? For those judging champagne and other sparkling wines, conventional wisdom holds the smaller the bubbles, the better the brut. New research suggests there’s a more scientific way than eyeballing to assess those gaseous little spheres: Texas University undersea bubble experts caved to “nerdy curiosity” and dropped tiny hydrophones into freshly-poured flutes, listening as bubbles popped against glass to “ring like bells.” Smaller bubbles ring higher, so forward-thinking vintners might add ears to the noses and tongues in their appraisal toolboxes.

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