Women are better at wine-tasting than men, says study


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Swill the wine in the glass, smell it, take a swig and swill it around in your mouth again. If you are a woman, chances are that you may have tasted the wine better than most men who followed the same process.

That’s because a new study claims women are better at wine-tasting than men. More specifically, women understand the differences in taste between different kinds of wine better. The study was conducted with six different kinds of wine.

Scientifically, this fits right in with certain hypotheses about gender-based senses. Scientists have long believed that women are better than men at identifying tastes and smell.

Women are also believed to be able to identify and differentiate between more shades of colour than men.

The wine-tasting study in Spain

The study has been published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. It was conducted by M Moraab, E Urdanetac and C Chayaa in Spain.

A total of 208 people – from various age groups – participated in the study. The researchers concluded that “in general, men reported higher scores on significant emotions than women for all the wines.”

However, they also said that that women “reported greater differences between the wines and were able to discriminate among the wines regarding emotions such as joyful.” This, despite the women giving the wines “generally lower ratings than men.”

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The findings seem to support earlier studies. Studies like the one conducted by Dr Paul Breslin. He is a professor at the department of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University and a researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia.

Breslin was quoted last year as saying by VinePair: “(I)f you take someone who is in training to be a sommelier or cicerone, and if they are focusing on becoming attuned to what is in the beer or wine — the smells and the tastes — women may have an edge on discerning low-level underlying cues.”

Age is also a factor

The Spanish study also noted that the “age of consumers played a significant role in wine differentiation.”

It noted that “all of the wines evoked significantly higher scores in older adults than in middle-aged and young adults for most emotional terms.

It added: “However, young adults showed higher discrimination between wines than the other age groups, in terms of emotional responses towards the set of wines tested in this study.”

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