Ladies, get ready to feel superior. A new study has found that women are naturally better at tasting wine than men. It turns out we didn’t even need to be doing all that practice. (Not that we’re going to stop any time soon.)
The study, conducted by the Technical University of Madrid and published in Food Quality and Preference, focused on 208 volunteers. Each person blind tasted two white wines, three red wines and one rosé. “In general, men reported higher scores on significant emotions than women for all the wines,” lead researcher Dr. Caroline Chaya concluded, The Drinks Business reports. “But women, although they gave generally lower ratings than men, reported greater differences between the wines.”
The study also looked at the effect of age on a drinker’s response to a wine. Researchers found that older drinkers were more likely to enjoy a wine, regardless of its flavors, whereas younger drinkers were more discerning.
As The Drinks Business points out, this is not the first study to champion women as superior wine tasters. A 2014 study also showed women to be better at identifying a more diverse range of scents.
So, dudes, the next time you’re out to dinner and someone orders a bottle of wine, give the first taste to a young woman. Barring a stuffy nose, she will know best.