Dr. Ann Noble has a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Food Science. As a faculty member of UC Davis, she mentored many of California’s great women winemakers including Heidi Peterson Barrett, Carol Shelton, and Mia Klein.
After many years of research, Dr. Noble completed the UC Davis Wine Aroma in 1984. It is organized into 12 major categories of aromas including fruity, vegetative, nutty, caramelized, woody, earthy, chemical, pungent, oxidized, microbiological, floral, and spicy.
The Wine Aroma Wheel is a very useful for those interested in describing wine more succinctly. In Ann Noble’s words, “Whether you are a beginner or a wine connoisseur, the use of the wheel during wine tasting will facilitate the description of the flavors you perceive. More importantly, you will be able to recognize and remember specific details about wines.”
Even in retirement, Ann Noble is active on the lecture circuit. She regularly speaks at seminars on wine sensory evaluation throughout the world. Noble is also an avid traveler, hiker, and skier.