Cheers, girls! How women have more fun drink­ing wine

Daily Mail - - News - By Colin Fer­nan­dez Science Correspondent

WoMeN are bet­ter at telling the dif­fer­ences be­tween wine and have more dis­cern­ing palates, a study sug­gests.

It also found that they were more likely to de­scribe them­selves as feel­ing ‘joy­ful’ when drink­ing white wine than men.

Span­ish re­searchers asked male and fe­male vol­un­teers to take part in a blind- tast­ing of six va­ri­eties and de­scribe their feel­ings as well as the qual­ity of the wine. They found that women were also bet­ter able to dis­crim­i­nate be­tween dif­fer­ent tastes.

A to­tal of 208 vol­un­teers took part in the re­search, which was con­ducted by the Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Madrid.

Dr Carolina Chaya, who led the study, said that when it came to eval­u­at­ing their feel­ings, com­pared to men, women re­ported ‘sig­nif­i­cantly higher scores for joy­ful when con­sum­ing white wines, and lower scores when con­sum­ing red wines’.

In ad­di­tion, she said that women re­ported greater dif­fer­ences be­tween the wines, notic­ing more dif­fer­ences be­tween the wines than the men. The vol­un­teers were asked to take part in a blind-tast­ing of six wines -

two whites, one rose, and three reds – of four dif­fer­ent grape va­ri­eties. Graded by pro­fes­sion­als, the wines were less than five years old, and had an al­co­holic strength of around 13 per cent. Af­ter sam­pling each one, the vol­un­teers were asked about the qual­ity of the wine and the feel­ings it evoked.

A fur­ther find­ing was that older drinkers drank to re­mem­ber, and the young to for­get. She said: ‘Young adults drink wine for rea­sons re­lated to dis­in­hi­bi­tion and so­cial sta­tus, while older peo­ple use it as a so­cial cat­a­lyst, to evoke me­mories and tra­di­tions.’

over­all, the re­port in the jour­nal Food Qual­ity and Pref­er­ence found that the young also felt less guilt about drink­ing than older tip­plers.

She wrote: ‘Young adults – un­der 35 years old – felt less guilty than mid­dleaged adults, when con­sum­ing any of the wines. This could be linked to an in­crease in health con­cerns when the age of con­sumers in­creases.’

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