Ever notice that food doesn’t taste as good (or at all) when you have a cold? That’s because our sense of smell plays a major role in what we taste. More specifically, the “retronasal pathway,” the area behind the nose that connects to the mouth, is responsible for translating smell into flavor.
Since taste and smell are inextricably linked, we can’t properly teach how to taste wine without first demonstrating how the retronasal pathway works. Enter the “Skittles test” – a simple experiment we conduct in our classes. Below is our social media gal, Adriana Ramirez, demonstrating how to do this at home.
If you answered “no”, then “yes”, you’ve just experienced the retronasal pathway. Congrats! Pour yourself a glass of wine and try the experiment again. Or just drink the wine.
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