We were pretty darn thrilled to find out that talking to our pets is a sign of intelligence (not that we had any doubt, natch), and we were utterly jealous of the office providing 鈥淧ress for Champagne鈥 buttons for their employees. But now, those two worlds have (kinda, sorta) collided, as it turns out, according to a Yale neuroscientist, drinking wine actually makes you smarter. Cheers, Einstein!

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Gordon Shepherd, author of Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine, claims that wine tasting can in fact stimulate your brain more than other activities such as listening to music, doing math, or (not to make an overreaching claim or anything) 鈥渁ny other human behavior.鈥 Mic (or cork?) drop.

While we鈥檇 totally be willing to accept this fact without further proof (because woo!), Shepherd explains that wine tasting engages us completely (鈥淵ou don鈥檛 just put wine in your mouth and leave it there,鈥 Shepherd told NPR, adding, 鈥淵ou move it about and then swallow it, which is a very complex motor act.鈥), it utilizes more of our brain than something like math, which聽uses a much more specific source of knowledge and action.

So the next time drinking wine makes you feel like you鈥檙e not quite on top of your game (i.e. you get a little tipsy), just remember that you鈥檙e giving your brain one heck of a workout.

What do you think about the claim that drinking wine stimulates your brain more than music or math? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Food and Wine; photos via David Silverman + Justin Sullivan/Getty)