University of Burgundy – Franche-Comte scientists have suggested through a new study ways to enhance taste of wine.
According to the team, to enhance the taste of wine you should have it with cheese. Researchers conducted their study at the Center for Taste and Feeding Behavior in France with frequent wine and cheese consumers from the city of Dijon.
The participants evaluated four wines (Pacherenc, Sancerre, Bourgogne and Madiran) using a new sensory evaluation method developed by the researchers to show how perception and liking of wine change after cheese intake over several sips, which is closer to what happens in typical consumption. Further, researchers also sampled four different cheeses over different sessions with each wine.
Results showed that cheese consumption had an impact on the description for all wines, and impacted preference for most. None of the four cheeses included in the study had a negative impact on wine preference. Liking of each wine was increased or remained the same after cheese intake. In both red wines (Bourgogne and Madiran), the four cheeses decreased the duration of dominance of astringency and increased that of red fruits aroma.
In the sweet white (Pacherenc), the duration of dominance of sweetness was not changed by cheese intake, but in the white dry wine, cheeses had an impact on the main aroma.
“Thanks to our research we learned that the duration of the perception of astringency of a certain wine could be reduced after having cheese and that the four evaluated cheeses had the same effect,” one of the researchers said.