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Can music alter the taste of wine?

High pitch has been proven to bring out acidity and low pitch bitterness

By Barry Smith   November 2015

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Professional wine tasters like to carry out their task in silence. This isn’t unnecessary fussiness; they know that extraneous noise can prevent them from picking up on the subtle features of a wine and, as the French oenologist Émile Peynaud wrote, that “quiet has always been considered necessary for a taster’s concentration.” Peynaud believed this was because “the sense of hearing can interfere with other senses during tasting,” and research has proved him right. Scientific studies reveal that white noise in the ears at the level 85…

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