It’s a proven fact the in-flight experience alters the taste of many foods and beverages, including wine. The cabin pressurization and air conditioning on a flight interact to alter the passengers’ senses of smell and taste. These conditions also cause people to produce less saliva, creating a “dry mouth” feeling. The unfortunate result is food and drinks end up tasting bland and uninteresting.
Understanding the science behind what causes wine to taste strange will help travelers choose the perfect food and wine pairings for their next jet charter.