Need a gentle reminder of the great produce in your area? Check out The Wimmera & Grampians Food & Wine Guide 2018

There’s a fabulous amount of local produce in the Wimmera and the Grampians, local producers just wating for you to sample their offerings.

From local fruit and vegetable growers to local wine makers, these passionate producers make the most of the climate and the geography.

You can read all about their endeavers here , what to make and how to make it.

Something to tweak your interest could be the Supertaster test story.

Step one to learning about wines starts with your tongue’s anatomy and the different numbers of pimples (fungiform papillae) on your tongue.

We’re not testing for truth telling here so relax. It’s all about the matter of wine tasting.

Some people’s tongues have topography ranging from, say, sparse cactus-pocked deserts to lush lawns. To qualify for supertasterdom, which is a genetically inherited trait, a person has to have wall-to-wall papillae on his or her tongue.

Learn what a supertaster is and see if you are one. If you’re not, don’t worry, you can still learn to be great at tasting wine.

There are three types of tasters in the world: Supertaster, Average Taster and a Non-Taster.

Supertaster 30+ taste buds

Everything tastes intense: from salty, sweet, sour, the sensation of fat and bitter. Despite its stupendous sounding name, being a ‘supertaster’ may actually mean you’re less likely to enjoy bitter drinks such as bitter beers and high tannin full-bodied red wines (You’re a Pinot Noir drinker vs. a Nebbiolo drinker).

Average Taster 15-30 taste buds

You probably enjoy earthy and savoury wines. About half the population are average tasters, so this could be you. You can still taste the same bitter flavours that a supertaster tastes, but they don’t cause you to wince. Because of this, you’re a try-anything taster.

Non-Taster below 15 taste buds

That bowl of 5-star spicy Thai food doesn’t make you whimper in pain and you love high-tannin wines. You don’t taste bitter the same way as others do. Your experience with food and wine is much different than the other two types of tasters. Not to worry, if you love wine, you can still learn to taste better.  

So how do you know which family you belong to? There’s a simple test to see if you’re a supertaster.

Put a hole-punch sized hole into a clean piece of plastic or wax paper and put it on the front part of your tongue. Then, count the bigger taste buds—called papilla.

It’s actually pretty tricky to spot, so if you want to be more accurate, be sure to drink some red wine beforehand to stain your tongue. Count how many papilla you have, to tell what kind of taster you are.