Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 50 – 415th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
45. ANN C NOBLE
No round-up of the most powerful women in wine would be complete without tipping one’s hat to Ann C Noble, creator of the Aroma Wheel, credited with enhancing consumer understanding of both wine tasting and wine terminology.
The first woman to work in the oenology department of UC Davis in California, the sensory chemist invented the Aroma Wheel there in 1984.
Divided into segments, the wheel gives a visual map of the different categories and aroma components found in wine, such as floral, spicy, fruity, earthy and woody, and has become an indispensible tool for both wine students and enthusiasts.