Classical music makes champagne taste better

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Björnstierne Antonsson

Wine enhances the experience of a drink. In this case champagne. Actually, it’s not strange. But this study shows it’s more surprising than that.

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In a carefully staged experiment, Master of Wine Susan Lin has tested how people experience champagne in connection with music. She selected seventy people of different age, gender and place of residence. Some were wine professionals, others pure amateurs. No one had any particular background in music.

The experiment consisted of the group having to try five glasses of champagne to four different pieces of classical music. They had to taste the fifth glass without music. For each glass and music they tasted, they would describe the experience of the wine separately and rank that experience together with the music – or in one case without the music.

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