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Same Chemical in Sauvignon Blanc Wine and Cat Urine

Felinine is an amino acid found in cat's urine. 3-Mercapto-3-methylbutan-1-ol (MMB) is a product of the degradation of felinine. MMB is a thiol and believed to be a cat pheromone found in cat's urine.

MMB is also found in Sauvignon blanc wines, which are gooseberry flavoured. Thiols contribute to the aroma of Sauvignon blanc wines.

Interesting, I think. We usually can't smell cat pheromones. We can smell the aroma of wine however.

No idea what more I can say about this except I am surprised ;) Follow up post on main site.
Same Chemical in Sauvignon Blanc Wine and Cat Urine Same Chemical in Sauvignon Blanc Wine and Cat Urine Reviewed by Michael Broad on May 15, 2014 Rating: 5

2 comments:

Michael Broad said...

P.S. As MMB is a product of the degradation of felinine I am pushing the limits to say what I have said in the title! I should have said that there is the same chemical in Sauvignon blanc and a cat pheromone! Close ;)

Michael Broad said...

Correction! Cat urine contains the putative cat pheromone 3-mercapto-3-methylbutan-1-ol (MMB). So I am correct first time!

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