Would Sir like to taste the wine? No, Madam has a su­pe­rior palate!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - CERVICAL CANCER SCANDAL - By Jonathan Bucks

IT IS a sober­ing thought for all men who think they know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a de­cent red and cheap plonk – women make far bet­ter wine tasters.

Women are not just blessed with more dis­cern­ing palates but also en­joy drink­ing wine more than men, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The re­search, which saw 208 vol­un­teers take part in a blind-tast­ing of six va­ri­eties – two whites, one rosé and three reds – found that men strug­gled to ap­pre­ci­ate the dif­fer­ence in qual­ity.

Af­ter sam­pling each one, vol­un­teers were asked to rate them. While men awarded sim­i­lar scores to each of the wines, women were bet­ter at se­lect­ing the top bot­tles.

Dr Car­olina Chaya, who led the study at the Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Madrid, said: ‘Women re­ported greater dif­fer­ences be­tween the wines and were able to dis­crim­i­nate among them.’

Wine critic Jilly Goolden said: ‘My per­cep­tion of be­ing an as­tute taster is that it’s all to do with re­ally pay­ing at­ten­tion rather than just knock­ing it back. And I think women are much more likely to be think­ing about the glass in their hand and the fra­grances.’

Ms Goolden blamed the his­tor­i­cally male-dom­i­nated som­me­lier pro­fes­sion for the myth that men make bet­ter wine-tasters. Only one of the 13 peo­ple in­ducted into the Court of Mas­ter Som­me­liers last year was a wo­man.

‘It’s one of those things like men carv­ing the Sun­day roast – there’s no rea­son why men should be bet­ter but some­how it’s per­ceived it’s their job,’ said Ms Goolden.

‘The whole thing is wait­ing for a shake-up. I’ve found that som­me­liers will hand the wine menu to my hus­band and I just think, “Well, maybe I know some­thing about wine, too?”’

The re­search, pub­lished in the jour­nal Food Qual­ity And Pref­er­ence, also found that drink­ing wine was more plea­sur­able for women and, in gen­eral, they pre­ferred whites to reds.

A nose for it: Women en­joy wine more than men

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