03 Mar '11, 3am

Does music make a better bottle of wine? An Austrian inventor thinks so.

Does music make a better bottle of wine? An Austrian inventor thinks so.

In this picture taken on Feb 7, innovator Markus Bachmann speaks during an interview with Associated Press in Vienna, Austria. -- PHOTO: AP VIENNA - IF ONE Austrian's quirky idea catches on, wine tastings could soon sound like this: Is that some Mozart in my glass? A hint of Haydn, maybe? Convinced that music is a key ingredient for a good bottle of red or white, Markus Bachmann has invented a special speaker that exposes fermenting grape juice to classical, jazz or electronic tunes. The sound waves, he claims, positively influence the maturing process and produce a better-tasting wine. The eyebrow-raising technique is the latest in a slew of weird ways to make wine, some of which also have a melodic touch. Take Portuguese winery Jose Maria da Fonseca, which plays classical music in its century-old Adega da Mata barrel hall where it ages its well-known Periquita label wine...

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