Wine Books and Research

Below is a list of wine and psychology related journal references.  Where available I include a link to an electronic version and/or my research review. I have also included books that might be of interest. You can see reviews of some of these in book reviews.

Here is an article ‘On Vines and Minds’ I wrote for the British Psychological Society Magazine ‘The Psychologist’. It provides an introduction to the area.

On vines and minds [PDF Document]

On vines and minds [18191 Kb MP3 file]

If you know of any other papers please email me at and I will include them in the list. I hope that this will result in a comprehensive and useful resource.

Allhoff, F. (Ed.) (2008) Wine and Philosophy Wiley-Blackwell (Review is here)

Alston, M. Fuller, B., Lapsley, J.T., Soleas, G. and Tumber K. P. (2011) “Splendide Mendax: False Label Claims about High and Rising Alcohol Content  American Association of Wine Economics working paper 82 May 2011

Amerine M.A. and Roessler E.B. (1976) Wines: Their Sensory Evaluation San Francisco.

Areni, C. S. and Kim, D. (1993) The influence of background music on behaviour: Classical versus top-forty music in a wine store, Advances in Consumer research, 20, 336-40.

Arntzen, K. A. Schirmer, H. Wilsgaard, T. and Mathiesen, E.B (2010) Moderate wine consumption is associated with better cognitive test results Acta Neurol Scandinavia 2010:122 (supp 190) page 23-29 (Review is here)

Barr, A. (1988) Wine Snobbery; An Insider’s Guide to the Wine Industry Faber and Faber (Review is here)

Bartoshuk, L. M. (2000). Comparing sensory experiences across individuals: recent psychophysical advances illuminate genetic variation in taste perception. Chem Senses, 2000, 25, 447 – 60.

Begue, L., Bushman, B., Giancola, P., Subra, B., and Rosset, E. (2010). “There Is No Such Thing as an Accident,” Especially When People Are Drunk. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 (10), 1301-1304  (Review is here)

Beliveau, B. C. and Rouse, E. M., (2010) Prohibition and Repeal:A short history of  the wine industry’s regulation in the United States The American Association of Wine Economicists 2010 vol 5 no.1 p53-68

Beverland, M. (2006) The ‘real thing’: Branding authenticity in the luxury wine trade Journal of Business Research 59, 2, 251-258.

Blackmore, S. (2000) The Meme Machine Oxford Paperbacks (Blog here)

Burk, K. and Bywater, M. (2008) Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine Faber (Review is here)

Castriota-Scanderberg et al (2005) The Appreciation of Wine Sommeliers: A functional Magnetic Resonance study of Sensory Integration Neuroimage 2005 Apr 1;25 (2) 570-578.

Castro J, Ramanathan A, Chennubhotla C. (2013) Categorical Dimensions of Human Odor Descriptor Space Revealed by Non-Negative Matrix Factorization. PLoS ONE.
(Review Here)

Charters, S. (2006)  Wine and Society: The Cultural and Social Context of a Drink Butterworth-Heinemann

Charters S. and Ali-Knight J. (2002) Who is the wine tourist? Tourism Management. 23(3) pp. 311-319.

Charters, S., (2004). What is the problem with Sauvignon Blanc? An investigation of expert dislike of an aesthetic product. British Food Journal, (106)10/11 pp. 850-860

Charters, S., (2005). Drinking sparkling wine: An exploratory investigation. International Journal of Wine Marketing, (17)1 pp. 54-68

Charters, S., & Pettigrew, S. (2005). Is wine consumption an aesthetic experience? Journal of Wine Research, 16(2) pp. 37-52-

Charters, S., (2002) The two wines. Proceedings of Bacchus to the Future Conference. (pp. 521-542). Niagara, Canada: Brock University.

Charters, S., and Pettigrew, S. (2003) The intrinsic dimensions of wine quality: An exploratory investigation. Proceedings of the International Colloquium in Wine Marketing. Adelaide, Australia; Wine Marketing Group, University of South Australia.

Charters, S., and Pettigrew, S. (2004). The relationship of wine and food: An exploration. In Carlsen, J., and Charters S. (eds.) International Wine Tourism Research. Proceedings of the International Wine Tourism Conference, Margaret River, Western Australia, May 2004. Vineyard publications: Perth.

Charters, S., and Pettigrew, S. (2005). The relevance of the quality construct to wine consumption. In. Ekstrom, K. M., and Brembeck, H. (eds.) European Association for Consumer Research Conference, Goteberg, 15th-18th June 2005. ACR.

Ciccetti, D. V. (2010) A proposed system for awarding medals at a Major U.S. wine competition Content  American Association of Wine Economics vol 4 No.2 p242-247

Cicchetti, D. V. and Cicchetti, A. (2009)  Wine Rating Scales: Assessing their utility for producers, consumers and oenologic researchers  International Journal of Wine Research

Colman, T (2008) Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink University of California Press (Review is here)

Corder, R. (2007) The Wine Diet Sphere (Review is here).

Cross, R. Platinga, J. and Stavins, R. N. (2011) The Value of Terroir: Hedonic Estimation of Vineyard Sale Prices Journal of Wine Economics No.1 2011 p 1-14

Driver, J and Spence, C. (2000) Multisensory Perception: Beyond Modularity and Convergence.  Current Biology 10, 731-735

Duffy, V., B., Peterson, J., M., Bartoshuk, L., M. (2004). Associations between taste genetics, oral sensation and alchol intake. Physiol behav, 82 (2 – 3), 435 – 45.

Fountain, J., and Charters, S. (2004). Younger wine tourists: A study of generational differences in the cellar door experience. In Carlsen, J., and Charters S. (eds.) International Wine Tourism Research. Proceedings of the International Wine Tourism Conference, Margaret River, Western Australia, May 2004. Vineyard publications: Perth.

Freitas Santos, J. (2011) Motivations and charecteristics of international wine bloggers AAWE Working Paper 92 October 2011

Gawel, R. (1997) The use of language by trained and untrained experienced wine tasters. Journal of Sensory Studies, 12, 267 – 284.

Gelb, J. (2010) Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking Running Press Review is here)

Gokcekus, O. and Nottebaum, D. (2011) The Buyer’s Dilemma: Whose Rating Should a Wine Drinker Pay attention to? AAWE Working Paper No.91

Goldstein, R., Almenberg, J., Dreber, A., Emerson, J. W., Herschkowitsch, A. and Katz, J. (2008) Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large sample of Blind Tastings AAWE Working Paper No.16 April 2008

Goode, J. (2009) Wine Science: From Vine to Glass University of California

Halliday, J. and Johnson, H. (2006) The Art and Science of Wine : The Subtle Artistry and the Sophisticated Science of the Winemaker. London, Mitchel Beasley

Herz, R. A. (2002) Influence of odors on mood and affective cognition Cambridge University Press pp 160-177

HeuferJ. (2009) In Vino Veritas: The Economics of Drinking (Ruhr Economic Paper No. 158). Available at SSRN:  (Review is here)

Hodgson, R. T. (2010) How Expert are “Expert” wine judges? American Association of Wine Economics vol 4 No 2 p233-241

Holmberg, L. (2010) Wine Fraud International Journal of Wine Research 2101:2 p105-113 (Review here)

Hughson, A. L. and Boakes R. A. (2001) Perceptual and Cognitive Aspects of Wine Expertise Australian Journal of Psychology 53, 2, 103-108.

Hughson, A. L. and Boakes R. A. (2002). The knowing nose: The role of high-level knowledge in wine expertise. Journal of Food Quality and Preference, 13, 463 – 472.

Hughson, A. L. and Boakes R. A. (2009) Passive Perceptual Learning in Relation to Wine: Short-term Recognition and Verbal Description    The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 2009, 62 (1), 1-8 (Review of paper here)

Johnson, H. (2006) A Life Uncorked Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

Johnson, R. and Jing, c. (2014) Criteria for Accrediting Expert Wine Judges  Journal of Wine Economics  Vol 9 No. 1 p62-74  (Review is here)

Kladstrup , D. (2001) Wine and war Coronet Books

Korsmeyer, C. (2002) Making Sense of Taste. Cornell University Press.

Korsmeyer, C. (2005) The Taste Culture Reader:  Experiencing Food and Drink. London, Berg Publisher.

Kramer, M. (2003) Making Sense of Wine. Philadelphia, Running Press.

Kueny, K. (2005) Sobering Intoxication: Wine and Islam World of Fine Wine Issue 8 p86-91

Lawless, H. (1984). Flavour description of white wine by “expert” and nonexpert wine consumers. Journal of Food Science, 49, 120 – 123.

Lawless, H. (1985). Psychological perspectives on winetasting and recognition of volatile flavours In G. Birch & M. Lindley (Eds.), Alcholic beverages (pp. 97 – 113). London: Elsevier Applied Science.

Lehrer, A. (1975). Talking about wine. Language, 51, 901 – 923.

Lehrer, A, (2009) Wine and Conversation. New York,  Oxford University Press.

Logue (2006) The Psychology of Eating and Drinking (Third Edition) Brunner Routeledge (Review is here)

Mainland J, Keller A, Li Y. et al (2013) The missense of smell: functional variability in the human odorant receptor repertoire. Nature. 2014 (Review Here)

Mantonakis, A., Rodero, P., Lesschaeve, I. and Hastie, R (2009) Order in Choice: Effects of Serial Position on Preferences Psychological Science Nov 2009, Vol 20, Issue 11, p1309-1312 Review is here

McCoy, E. (2008) The Emperor of Wine – The remarkable story of the rise and reign of Robert Parker Grub Street (Review is here)

McInerney, J (2006) A Hedonist in the Cellar Bloomsbury

McInerney, J (2012) The Juice, Vinous Veritas Bloomsbury (Review is here)

McClure, S., M., Li J., Tomlin, D., Cypert, K., S., Montague, L., M., Montague, P., R. (2004) Neural correlates of bevavioral preference for culturally familiar drinks. Neuron, 44 (2), 379 – 87 Here is Samuel McClure’s Stanford website .

Melcher, J., & Schooler, J. (1996). The misremembrance of wines past: Verbal and perceptual expertise differentially mediate verbal overshadowing of taste memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 35, 231 – 245.

Mount, I. (2012) The Vineyard at the End of the World Norton New York (Review is here) (author’s website here)

North, AC, Hargreaves, DJ, and McKendrick, J. (1999) The influence of in-store music on wine selections. Journal of Applied Psychology, 84, 271-276.

Oberfeld, D.  Hecht, H. Allendorf , U and Wickelmaier, F. . Ambient lighting modifies the flavor of wine. Journal of Sensory Studies, 2009; 24 (6): 797

Oliveira-Pinto AV, Santos RM, Coutinho RA, Oliveira LM, Santos GB, et al. (2014) Sexual Dimorphism in the Human Olfactory Bulb: Females Have More Neurons and Glial Cells than Males. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111733. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111733 (Review here)

O’Neill, M., Palmer, A. and Charters, S. (2002). Wine production as a service experience – the effects of service quality on wine sales. The Journal of Services Marketing. 16(4) pp. 342-362

Ordish, George, The Great Wine Blight Pan Macmillan, 1987.

Osterbauer RA, Mattheews PM, Jenkinson M, Beckmann CF, Hansen PC, Calvert GA. (2005) The color of scents: chromatic stimuli modulate odor responses in the human brain. Journal of Neurophysiology 93 (6) 3434-3441.

Outreville, J.F (2011) Does the Bottle Size Matter? An Investigation into Difference between Posted and Market Price AAWE Working Paper No. 86 July 2011

Owen, D., & Machamer, P. (1979). Bias-free improvement in wine discrimination. Perception, 8, 199 – 209.

Pagliarini, E. Laureati, M. and Gaeta, D. (2013) Sensory descriptors, hedonic perception and consumer’s attitudes to Sangiovese red wine deriving from organically and conventionally grown grapes Front. Psychol., 29 November 2013

Parr, W. V., Heatherbell, D., & White, K. G. (2002). Demystifying wine expertise: Olfactory threshold, perceptual skill and semantic memory in expertand novice wine judges. Chemical senses, 27, 747 – 755.

Paschall, M, and Lipton R (2005) Wine Preference and related health determinants in a US national sample of young adults Drug and Alcohol Dependency 2005 Jun 1;78(3):339-44. Epub 2005 Jan 15.

Peynaud, E. (1984) Knowing and Making Wine. London, John Wiley and Sons.

Peynaud, E.  (1998) The Taste of Wine. The Art and Science of Wine Appreciation. London, Wine Appreciation Guide.

Price, F. (2004) Riesling Renaissance Mitchell Beazley

Rikard, B.J., Constanigro, M. and Garg, T. (2011) Regulating the avialbaility ogf beer, wine and spirits in grocery strores: Beverage-specific effects on prices, consumption and traffic fatalities AAWE Working Paper 95 December 2011

Robinson, J. (ed.) (2007) The Oxford Companion to Wine. Oxford University Press.

Robinson, J.  (2000) Wine Tasting Workbook Conran: Octopus (Review is here)

Sandler, M. and Pinder, R. (2003) Wine: A scientific Exploration Routledge

Siegrist M and Cousin M-E (2009) Expectations influence sensory experience in a wine tasting Appetite, Volume 52, Issue 3, Pages 762-765. (Review of paper is here)

Smith, B. C. (2007) Questions of Taste; The Philosophy of Wine Signal Books.

Soloman, G. (1990). Psychology of novice and expert wine talk. American Journal of Psychology, 105, 495 – 517.

Spence, C. (1999) The Psychology of Attention  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 3, 41

Spence, C. (2010) The Color of Wine, (part 1) World of Fine Wine 28 122-129

Spence, C. (2010) The Color of Wine, (part 2) World of Fine Wine 29 112-119

Spence, C. (2010c). The multisensory perception of touch. In F. Bacci & D. Mecher (Eds.), Art and the senses (pp. 85-106). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Spence, C. (2011) Wine and Music World of Fine Wine 31  96-103

Squicciarini, M. and Swinnen, J (2010) Women or Wine? Monogamy and Alcohol Working Paper Number 75 (Review is here)

St Leger, A.S., Cochrane, A.L. and Moore, F. (1979) Factors associated with cardiac mortality in developed countries with particular reference to consumption of wine Lancet 1979; 1:1017-20

Thomas, A. (2000) “Elements Influencing Wine Purchasing: A New Zealand View”. International Journal of Wine Marketing. 12.2.

Thomas, M. (2012) Personality and Wine  Fine Wine Magazine

Valentine, D. (2007, June). Wine language and expertise level: A cognitive point of view. Paper presented at Bacchus at Brock, 3rd Interdisciplinary Wine Conference, Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

Walk, R. (1966). Perceptual learning and the discrimination of wines. Psychonomic Science, 5, 57 – 58.

Wallace, B. (2009) The Billionaire’s Vinegar; The mystery of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine Three Rivers Press (CA)

Walls, M. (2012) Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine Quadrille Publishing (review here)

Watkins, F., Pendry, B., Corcoran O. and Sanchez- Medina (2011) Anglo-Saxon Pharmacopoeia Revisited: A potential treasure in drug discovery  Drug discovery today  vol 16 No.s 23/24 December 2011