In case you’ve been waiting for an excuse to fuel a love for wine… now you almost certainly have one! According to a short article in Decanter’s May 2017 magazine, wine tasting is apparently ‘more taxing than maths’. Yale neuroscientist, Gordon Shepherd reveals all in his book Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine – a fascinating read and a great partner to my other current favourite book, Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating by Professor Charles Spence.
But back to wine for now – according to Shepherd, the process from seeing, smelling, tasting, manipulating wine in your mouth, swallowing and appreciating wine requires a remarkable interaction of sensory, motor and central brain systems. Perhaps, more importantly, it is extraordinarily pleasurable (assuming you’ve bought the right wine!).
Yet further evidence of the wonderful things our brain can do and the magical interaction between the neurological and sensory worlds. Who needs a better excuse to indulge in a favourite activity that will keep the brain and senses stimulated?! I seriously can’t think of one.