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Table 5 Summary of findings from scientific studies of the impact of different pieces of music on the wine tasting experience

From: Wine and music (II): can you taste the music? Modulating the experience of wine through music and sound

Study Music Effect on wine Matching wine
North, 2012 [34] Carmina Burana—Orff Powerful and heavy  
Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker) Subtle and refined  
Just Can’t Get Enough—Nouvelle Vague Zingy and refreshing  
Slow Breakdown—Michael Brook Mellow and soft  
Spence et al., 2013 [8] Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K 285-Movement 1 More enjoyable with music than silence Domaine Didier Dagnueneau, Pouilly Fumé Silex 2010
Ravel’s String Quartet in F major-Movement 1   Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 2009
Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 1 in D major-Movement 2 More enjoyable with music than silence Château Margaux 2004
Spence, 2014 [68] Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K 285-Movement 1 More enjoyable than Suvitunnelma Tattinger Brut Réserve
Viljami Nittykoki’s Suvitunnelma   Chateau Carsin Cuvée Noire 2010
Wang and Spence, in press b Debussy’s Jardins Sous la Pluie Higher acidity than Vocalise Marcel Martin Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise Higher fruitiness than Jardins Sous la Pluie Para Dos Malbec 2013
  1. Table reprinted, with permission, from Wang and Spence [48]