Whether it's red or white, boxed or bottled -- few beverages stimulate the senses quite like a glass of wine does. Still, the science behind how the human body "tastes" wine -- well, it's more complex than you might think.
This hour, we take a closer look at why that is with neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd. His new book is called Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine.
And if wine isn’t enough of an incentive to gather around the party table, perhaps a good story will do the trick. Later in the hour, we talk with local storytelling experts and we also hear from you.
Do you have a favorite folktale -- one you plan on sharing with your family this holiday season?
- Gordon Shepherd - Professor of neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine and author of several books, including Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters and Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine
- Sara deBeer - Connecticut-based storyteller
- Laconia Therrio - Incoming President of the National Storytelling Network
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.