Persian poet Omar Khayyam is quoted as saying, “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” Many a romantic picnic today still follows this sound advice. However, for some people wine still causes headaches and nausea. Research has linked a wine’s tyramine level to headaches and nausea. Tyramine’s are produced in the fermentation process. Now a group of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have come up with a device to determine tyramine levels in minutes as opposed to the hours it took other machines. Recordnet has nice article on it. It may be possible in the near future to look at the wine label and buy wines low in tyramine. “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou” with no headache or nausea. What a great improvement to the oldest idea of a romantic picnic.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse--and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness-- And Wilderness is Paradise enow. "How sweet is mortal Sovranty!"--think some: Others--"How blest the Paradise to come!" Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the Rest; Oh, the brave music of a distant Drum!