The overall goal of this project is to produce Chardonnay wines with increased tropical fruit aroma perception. In a previous study developed by Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino’s research group, we found that wines with higher concentrations of fermentation esters and volatile thiols imparted more intense tropical fruit aroma nuances. Therefore, in this project specific winemaking processes (skin contact, β-lyase addition, and two fermentation gradient temperature regimes) were performed with the intent to either increase or decrease these aromas in the wine. The first two processes (skin contact and β-lyase addition) are known for increasing volatile thiol concentrations in wine. The latter (fermentation temperature) is expected to increase thiol concentrations and preserve fermentation esters. The accomplishments for the project for the 2 nd semester of 2020 have been to design and perform the winemaking experiment for objective 1, measure the basic wine quality parameters (pH, titratable acidity, malic acid, acetic acid, and ethanol content), and collect wine samples for the analytical chemistry analysis. Much of 2021 has been spent on developing the analytical methods to measure thiols and esters on wine samples from objective 1. Treatments that presented higher concentrations of both aroma families were scaled up in objective 2. Winemaking experiment for objective 2 was performed and juice and wine samples were collected for basic wine quality parameters and analytical chemistry analysis. Treatment wines were bottled and stored for sensory descriptive analysis (objective 2) and consumer testing (objective 3). We are currently designing and recruiting panelists for sensory analysis and extracting free thiols for HPLC analysis for wines in objective 2, and purchasing chemicals for thiol precursor analysis for wines from objective 1 and 2. We are on schedule for this project except for the thiol precursor analysis which has been delayed due to the standards being backordered. They are anticipated to ship in March 2022.
This provides results and conclusions from the entire project, although we may refer to previous reports. We have had a very exciting accomplishment with the adaptation of a chemometric method that can calculate chemical interactions resulting in specific sensory perceptions. This method, fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA), overcomes the issues with traditional correlation analysis that made determining aroma chemical interactions very difficult. To date we have investigated 87 different compound combinations and their impact to fruit aroma in Pinot noir wine. By applying fsQCA we have found 5 compound sets that result in red fruit aroma in Pinot noir wine and 2 compound sets that result in dark fruit aroma in Pinot noir wine. The necessary and sufficient conditions found in these sets are supported by other work, but our results are the first to show the multiple combinations of compounds that can result in specific fruity aromas. We have also investigated 57 compound combinations for fruitiness in white wine. Since we were less sure about the calibrations used for fsQCA we ended up creating unique set variables to determine the necessary and sufficient conditions for different fruity aromas in white wine. Overall we found 5 compound sets that cause tropical fruit aroma, 2 compounds sets that cause red apple aroma, 1 compound set for pineapple aroma, 2 compounds sets for pear aroma, 4 compound sets for peach aroma, 1 compound set for orange aroma and 1 compound set for lychee aroma. For the compounds we investigated we did not get any compounds sets for citrus aroma and green apple aroma. We also incorporated nonvolatile factors into the analysis. In red wine we are investigating the effect of phenolic composition on fruitiness perception and in white wine we changed the residual sugar and ethanol concentration to determine its impact on fruity perception in white wines. Phenolic content in red wine was found to alter fruitiness perception, but the change in ethanol and sugar in white wine did not have an impact to aromas perception. This work has shown huge strides in understanding compound interactions that cause specific aromas in wines. To the point that we will be able to start building predictive models in the future that have much better success than any previous ones. With these models it will be possible to determine the impacts of different viticulture and winemaking practices to these wines without having to go through lengthy sensory studies and make real time decisions during the season for the desired wine quality parameter.
We have successfully extracted and chemically characterized red wine with tannins, as well as the interactions between red wine tannins and salivary proteins by chemical methods. The effect of tannin-protein interactions on friction forces has been introduced. A tribology method has been developed to show an effect of red wine tannin on mouth lubrication. The formation of turbidity had the strongest relationship to the sensory effect of astringency.
This research has successfully chemically characterized tannins and the consequences of their interaction with saliva or proteins. The tribology experiments carried out on the two red wines with different lubricant (saliva or mucin) has also given promising results, and received much attention in the press. The research is continuing with Watrelot and Kuhl.
Summary: The complex aroma of wine is derived from many sources, with grape-derived components being responsible for the varietal character. The ability to monitor grape aroma compounds would allow for better understanding of how vineyard practices and winemaking processes influence the final volatile composition of the wine. Previously we developed a procedure using GC-MS combined with solid-phase microextraction (SPME) for profiling the free volatile compounds in grapes and wines. We also developed a method for monitoring the ‘aroma potential’ of grapes and wines without the need for initial isolation of the glycoside precursor fraction. However, this method still depends on indirect measurement of the glycosides and acid or enzymatic hydrolysis is needed to release the volatile aglycone which can result in artifact formation. In the current project we validated a novel method using UHPLC-qTOF MS/MS for direct analysis of intact aroma glycosides in grapes with minimal artifactual changes in composition. Using this method we tentatively identified 27 monoterpene glycosides including two monoterpene trisaccharide glycosides, tentatively identified for the first time in any plant. We measured the terpene glycosides in six cultivars at three maturity time points and demonstrated differential profiles depending on cultivar and maturity. We also modified the method so that it can be used to monitor monoterpene glycosides in wines and during winemaking. We have analyzed the glycoside content during fermentation for wines made in fall 2016 and 2017 with different varieties (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) and winemaking/processing methods. Monoterpenyl glycoside profiles differed between the grapes and the first alcoholic fermentation samples. In red wines, malonylated monoterpenol glucosides and monoterpenol hexose-pentoses decreased after the completion of alcoholic fermentation. We also measured the volatile composition of the wines during fermentation and we have started to relate changes in terpene volatiles to changes in the glycoside profiles. This work sheds important insight into possible biochemical changes in glycosylation during grape berry maturation. In addition, this research will allow us to better understand the effects of viticultural and winemaking practices on grape and wine components that affect flavor.
This report details activities that occurred from February 2018 – January 2019. The final date of this project is August 2019 and the next 6 months will include completing the last of the sensory panels and combining all data analysis. A final report will be submitted in January 2020. We are still slightly behind on the timeline due to issues detailed in last year’s report and we also had to renew our IRB (human ethics approval) in June 2018. Once the renewal is submitted it is illegal to run sensory tests on the project until approval is given, which was obtained in September 2018. In January 2019 we completed the last of the Pinot noir sensory panels, although we have not yet done data analysis on the January 2019 panel. Also as stated previously, we have not been able to complete any predictive modeling, some initial reviewer comments said that this objective might have been too ambitious in the timeline and after the 1st year we have to agree and have since removed this objective. We plan on working on predictive modeling in the future but this would be after the current grant is completed.
To date we have investigated 80 different compound combinations and their impact to fruit aroma in Pinot noir wine. We have also completed a panel that shows the influences of phenolic content on fruity aromas in Pinot noir and one panel that shows the impact of ethanol content on fruity aroma in Pinot noir. We have 2 potential marker compounds for red fruit aroma in Pinot noir and 4 red fruit solution sets using fsQCA that show the cause of red fruit aroma in Pinot noir. We have also found 5 solution sets for dark fruit aroma in Pinot noir using fsQCA.
We have also investigated 49 compound combinations for fruitiness in white wine. We are still working on using fsQCA to analyze this data. Preliminary results suggest a combination of low thiols and high esters are responsible for tropical fruit aromas, low to no esters are needed for citrus aromas, and esters and terpenes cause pear, peach and apricot aromas.
We will be running the last 4 Pinot gris sensory panels from February2019-June 2019 and completing the final data analysis. We are in the process of writing the first paper for publication and have done 2 presentations at domestic conferences on the analytical data analysis. Spring /Summer 2019 we will be presenting at 4 different international conferences in Europe and have plans for at least 3 more peer-reviewed publications.
Project Title: Characterization of Bitter and Astringent Proanthocyanidins during
- Dr. Susan E. Ebeler, Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis,
- Dr. Hildegarde Heymann, Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California,
Polyphenols, including proanthocyanidins (i.e., tannins), are widely distributed in foods and
beverages, including grapes and wines and they are key constituents impacting bitter and
astringent perception. Due, at least in part, to their chemical complexity, the changes in
proanthocyanidin concentration and chemical structure that occur during winemaking and that
impact sensory properties have not been fully evaluated.
During the past year we have developed an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography
quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-qTOF MS) approach to characterize the
subunit composition and molecular weight/average degree of polymerization of wine
proanthocyanidins. Wines with different maceration treatments were analyzed and we are in the
process of completing the data analysis and comparison of the treatments. This work is
beginning to provide important insight into the impact of maceration treatments on
proanthocyanidin composition of wines.