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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


73: Women v Men Wine Tasting and Texture with Dr. Gary Pickering

What makes you a supertaster? Does supertaster status play a role outside of wine tasting? How does age affect our senses of smell and taste? Why is mouthfeel an important aspect of a wine’s appeal? Why should you describe wine by sensation, rather than compound?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we're chatting with Dr. Gary Pickering, the inventor of the white wine mouthfeel wheel and the supertasting kit, and co-developer of the Wine Aroma Kits.


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  • Why could being a supertaster have a negative impact on your health?
  • How does being a supertaster correlate with your alcohol consumption?
  • As a woman, how much more likely are you to be a supertaster?
  • What advantages do you have as a woman, when it comes to tasting wine?
  • How can the Wine Awakenings Aroma Kit improve your wine-drinking experience?
  • Why is the Wine Mouthfeel Wheel an essential tool for wine lovers, winemakers and researchers?
  • How are texture and body related to each other?
  • Is mouthfeel connected to tannins?
  • When you hear about ripe/unripe tannin, what does that really mean?
  • How do super tasters rate wine compared to average ratings?


About Dr. Gary Pickering

Dr. Gary Pickering, a Professor of Wine Science and researcher at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, in Niagara, Canada. He holds a doctorate in Wine Science from Lincoln University in Canterbury, and prior to his current appointment was a lecturer at Charles Stuart University in Australia and senior lecturer and research manager at the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

His teaching and research focus on wine flavour, sensory science and development of novel wine products and processes, and he has published over 100 papers, patents, book chapters and conference proceedings. Gary is the recipient of a number of research awards, is passionate about wine and wine education, and is working on a number of books.

Gary is the inventor of the white wine mouthfeel wheel and the supertasting kit and is co-developer of the Wine Aroma Kits. In addition to his work as President of Picksen International Inc, Gary serves as an international wine judge, most recently for Cuvee and InterVin. He also enjoys a good glass of wine!

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