I love scientists, even if we are only talking about a single one in this case... I'll never forget our recent visit to Steve's house, for as we walk in, a Barolo is looking at me in the eyes, front and center!!! That's class!
Dr Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, said sniffing and analysing a wine before drinking it requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body”.
When the drinker swirls the liquid around their mouth, the tongue’s intricate muscles are put to work along with thousands of taste and odour receptors.
The overall process engages the brain more than listening to music or solving a difficult maths problem, he claims.