Are You A Supertaster?

Are You A Supertaster?

Do you prefer a glass of Pinot Grigio over a big fat Cabernet Sauvignon?

If so, you may be a Supertaster (cue the Superman theme song).

A supertaster is a person who is more sensitive to tastes.

Women and people from Asia, South America and Africa are more likely to be supertasters.

Now the upshot is to being a supertaster is that you tend to be leaner than the rest of us because you don’t like fatty foods.

The downside is (you don’t like fatty foods) you often don’t like the taste of alcohol or tannins either, so you probably opt to skip that glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah.

That’s because a supertaster has more taste buds on her tongue than the average person. So the higher alcohol in those wines is bothersome.

You can probably guess where you fall on the supertaster scale based on what you like. Or do a little experiment: drink something colored, stick out your tongue and see how many bumps you have at the end of it. Those little projections contain your taste buds (they’re called fungiform papillae in case you missed Biology class) and the more you have, the more sensitive you are to tastes.

You also can order a simple test from Supertaster Labs. They’ll send you a little paper strip that has a safe chemical on it. Put the strip on your tongue for a few seconds and see if you can taste anything.

  • If it tastes bitter, you’re a supertaster. Odds are good, kale, Starbucks dark roast and alcohol bother you. And you probably prefer a glass of Moscato, a Riesling and even a Lambrusco over that Cab or big Brunello.
  • If it’s a mild taste, you’re just a regular ol’ taster.
  • And if it tastes like nothing, well then you’re a non-taster. Now that doesn’t mean you don’t taste food. It just means you always reach for the hot sauce, love salt and super strong flavors. And you can drink just about anything.

(Big note: We did the strip test and no one on The Sip team is a supertaster.)

So figuring out where you fall can help explain your likes and dislikes. And then you’ll know exactly what wine to pour when you sit and watch the original 1978 version of Superman: The Movie.

Because Christopher Reeve appeals to everyone’s tastes.

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.

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