Can The Moon Influence A Wine’s Taste?
According to a group of winemakers, wine will taste different based on the phase of the moon.
A few winemakers including those at Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco seem to believe that a wine can taste differently depending on the moon’s position on the day it is sampled. Says Jo Aherne of Marks & Spencer:
Our wines showed beautifully at a press tasting one day and far less well the next. We couldn’t understand it. The wines were all favorites of ours and the bottles were all from the same case. Someone checked the calendar and we found that the first day had been a fruit day, when the wines were expressive, exuberant and aromatic, and the second a root day, when they were closed, tannic and earthy. Further rather unscientific tests have confirmed our view.
The calendar these winemakers use was created by Maria Thun, author of When Wine Tastes Best, who categorized each day as a fruit, flower, leaf or root day, depending on the position of the moon, with the first two being favorable for tasting wine and the latter two not.