Mathematics and Oenology: Exploring an Unlikely Pairing

  • Lucio CadedduEmail author
  • Alessandra Cauli
  • Stefano De Marchi
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The aim of this chapter is to discuss some applications of mathematics: in oenology and in food and wine pairing. We introduce and study some partial differential equations for the correct definition of a wine cellar and to the chemical processes involved in wine aging. Secondly, we present a mathematical method and some algorithmic issues for analyzing the process of food and wine pairing done by sommeliers.


Wine PDE History of mathematics General applied mathematics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucio Cadeddu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandra Cauli
    • 2
  • Stefano De Marchi
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly
  3. 3.University of PadovaPadovaItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bharath Sriraman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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