Scientific Publications and Journals

  • The Journal of Wine Economics: Released semi-annually by the American Association of Wine Economists, the JWE covers a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to: production, winery activities, marketing, and consumption.
  • International Journal of Wine Research: An open-access scientific journal focusing on vine growing, wine elaboration, human interaction with wine, and health aspects of wine.
  • Food Quality and Preference: Publishes on topics as diverse as expert versus non–expert perception of quality; sensory/instrumental correlations; and geographical, cultural and individual differences in food preferences.
  • Research in Agriculture and Applied Economics: Focuses on the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as food supply, natural resource economics, and environmental economics.
  • Journal of Sensory Studies: A journal used by many beverage companies and wineries, promoting advancements in food science and technology, psychology, the biology of basic taste, and consumer science.
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association: One of the most widely read publications in the field, concentrating of food science and biotechnology, leadership and management, and nutritional science.
  • Consciousness and Cognition: A wide-ranging journal publishing material on issues such as selective and directed attention, priming (subliminal or otherwise), and neuroelectric correlates of awareness and decision-making.
  • Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews: Publishes articles dealing with psychological processes, behaviour neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience.
  • Appetite: Specialises in “behavioural nutrition and the cultural, sensory, and physiological influences on choices and intakes of foods and drinks”. Includes articles on the sensory evaluation of foods, neuroscience of drinking, and more.



  • Frontal Cortex: Jonah Lehrer is the preeminent psychology blogger, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, and occasional writer of articles dealing with the psychology of wine. (Jonah’s archived blog at ScienceBlogs is also worth a look.)
  • Felix Salmon: A finance blogger for Reuters, Felix is evidently a connoisseur and interested in most wine-based topics.
  • Dan Ariely: Author of the excellent Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, Dan Ariely is the behavioural economics researcher to watch.
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree: An always interesting mix of psychological studies, posted often. (The Wired columns from the same author are also worth a look.)
  • Wine Psych: Dr Miles Thomas is a psychologist  writing on the same topic as I do here: the psychology of wine. His excellent introduction to the topic, On Vines and Minds (pdf, local backup), is what triggered me to start this site and I wait with bated breath for his forthcoming book on the topic.
  • Neuromarketing: marketing from a neuroscience perspective, often writes on food/drink and consumer behaviours. Focusing on “practical techniques that yield real-world results”.
  • PsyBlog: psychology in general, scientific research into how the mind works.
  • Terra Sigillata: “Medicines from the Earth”, although The Friday Fermentable series typically contained some gems, on the topic of wine… although the new home of the site seems to also seen the end of this.
  • Vinography: a must-read website for anyone blogging about any wine topic, with contributions from a number of the most well-known wine bloggers around.
  • The Wine Economist: Author of Wine Wars, focusing on the world’s “wine markets”.
  • Wine Anorak: author of The Science of Wine
  • Lone Gunman: Another blog of mine: a “generalist” site that doesn’t focus on any particular topics, but with occasional posts about wine, food, psychology and how they all come together.