Monday, January 27, 2014

True Wine Lover 15.

On January 31st, following the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (held up in Sacramento), The American Society for Enology and Viticulture will honour Dr. Ann C. Noble for her extensive contribution to the world of wine.  During Dr. Noble's 30 year tenure at UC Davis, she conducted key studies in sensory science.  
Dr. Noble also invented the Wine Aroma Wheel, a tool that helps wine tasters identify and describe aromas and smells, aiding in the enhancement of the tasting experience.  The first woman faculty member at UC Davis's Department of Viticulture and Enology, since retirement Dr. Noble has remained active in the wine industry; selling the Aroma Wheel, judging at wine competitions and giving seminars on wine tasting.
I briefly met Dr. Noble when she visited TWWIAGE with an international group of Masters of Wine.  Finding myself alone in the staff kitchen with a complete stranger I offered her a cup of coffee and began to make small-talk.  My kitchen-companion asked me where I was from?  What I did at the winery?  Where did I go to school?  The usual stuff.  In return, I asked her what she did for a living, etc.  She answered that she was retired now, but had done "a little bit of work on sensory evaluation."  It was at that point that I noticed she was holding a stack of the aforementioned Aroma Wheels.  Quick, me. 
Well deserving of recognition for her commitment to educating others about wine (she obviously loves all things wine), I also happen to believe that Dr. Noble deserves an award for modesty.  Nice lady.


Thud said...

I thought that wheel rather funny but lo and behold it works...for eejits like me anyway.

New Hampshire Wineman said...

Stop that(no eejit)!
Thanks for the short biography, and makes my 5 years of wine experience a drop in the spit-bucket :-)

Vinogirl said...

Thud: Yup, it does help with flavours and aromas one can't quite identify.

NHW: "...drop in the spit-bucket" I like it.

Thomas said...

What's a flavoUr?

I love your story about meeting Dr. Noble. Modesty has to be one of the great human attributes.

It's even good from an eejit!

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: I can't help how you 'murkins have destroyed the English language. Besides, it's an extra point in Scrabble!

Do Bianchi said...

she is super cool