The Perfect Pairing: Machine Learning and Wine

Stumbling through overwhelming aisles of wines, it can be daunting to find the perfect match to that asparagus-heavy dish. There are pairing tables, books and websites filled with descriptions and ratings, but they aren’t quite an exact science. Seeking out and buying a wine, only to realize you’ve gone the wrong direction, is something most people experience at least once. What makes pairing and choosing wine easier? Big data. Not just brief tables or small collections of suggestions, but data-driven algorithms and analysis. It might sound unromantic, but several wineries already use data extensively during the growing and planning processes. It can help evaluate existing wines, and even predict what the next wine will taste like. First, one question: how do you like your tea? Many existing matching systems simply…


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