From 20 years of teaching wine classes I can say emphatically
that women are better wine tasters than men.
...Matt Kramer, author of Making Sense wine books.
The Rest of the Story
The wine literature
pretty much agrees with Matt's opinion. So, I looked back
over 80 wines in my tastings to see which ones women
rated much higher than the men. Here are the eight with
the greatest difference, expressed in percent (difference
divided by men's rating x 100).
Wines Rated Higher By Women
||White or Red
||Winery, Vintage, etc.
|| Kenwood/Sonoma Vly./'95
|| Clos du Bois/Flintwood/'96
||Duboeuf Regnie Beaujolais,
There were less than 25% non-California wines in our 80,
yet there are 50% non-California wines in the above Slate
of Eight. This tells me that the more sensitive nose and
taste of the ladies lets them appreciate the less familiar
more than we less-gifted males!
Regarding Matt Kramer's opening praise of female tasters,
he offers this ray of hope for the males. "I DO know
an impressive number of men who are good wine tasters. BUT,
I've met only a few that have not had to work surprisingly
hard at it." (Oh yes, which of our above Slate of
Eight was rated highest by the feminine palates? It
was the Staton Hills Cab.)