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Pelican Ranch Winery in Capitola conducts Supertaster Challenge Weekend

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On January 17 - 19, 2014, owner/winemaker Phil Crews invites oenophiles (and would-be oenophiles) to become a Pinotfile at the Pelican Ranch Supertaster Challenge Weekend. His invitation says, “Do you have unrecognized powers as a Supertaster? We will evaluate your sensory abilities during the Supertaster Challenge Weekend. The tasting practicum will consist of wines from the Pinot family. Our goal is to identify possessing extraordinary powers of taste and smell, and then have informal celebrations to recognize these gifts.”

He claims that the reasons some people have a heightened response to flavors and fragrance are currently unknown. It is thought that an important requirement includes having elevated numbers of fungiform papillae, and suggests that in advance of the Challenge Weekend, attendees try to read Professor Emile Peynaud’s classic text “The Taste of Wine: the art & science of wine appreciation.”

Observations that women are more likely to succeed in such a tasting challenge from other scientists will be debated. During the weekend, data will be collected and analyzed to possibly debunk this dogma.

Attendees receive an achievement certificate

He declares, “Be forewarned, those with a keen sense of taste and smell may excel in describing the wines being tasted. Alternatively, daily sensory evaluation (with food) can be very useful. Everyone demonstrating enthusiasm, commitment, and tasting acumen will receive an achievement certificate”.

Tasting fee of $5 is refundable with a purchase.

Hours: Friday 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

Pelican Ranch Winery

102 Kennedy Dr., Capitola CA 95060


By June Smith



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