Winemaking and the XX Chromosome
This is the question that struck me as I looked at a fascinating new website highlighted in an article at Wines & Vines Magazine. The website is essentially a searchable database of woman winemakers whereby one can search for winemakers of the more interesting sex by name, region or winery.
The site itself has the goal of providing women with more networking opportunities, encouragement and recognition of their contributions to the world of winemaking.
But beyond the issues of woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, I can't stop wondering if there is anything about the xx chromosome that provides advantages or disadvantages to the winemaking process.
One female winemaker I worked with said they believe that the naturally more nurturing character of women provided them with an advantage in winemaking. How that would be tested I'm not sure, but I don't dismiss the idea out of hand.
It is apparently also true that women have more tastebuds than men. And during ovulation, women have an enhanced sense of taste and smell. Is this an advantage?
It's all a very intriguing question. More to the point, however, is this effort to draw attention to the women who occupy positions of winemaker. That number has certainly increased over the past 20 years, as has the number of women in most formerly male dominated industries. It all leads to a hearty "Well Done!" I say.