For French wine pros, Covid smell loss is an 'amputation'

No-one likes to lose their sense of smell or taste — a common symptom of Covid-19 — but for the sommeliers and other wine professionals of France, it is particularly traumatic. “It’s very hard to admit that we’ve lost these senses,” said Sophie Pallas, director of the Union of French Oenologues. “I was very affected as an individual because wine is the central passion in my life.” She caught Covid-19 in January, and said she was still in the middle of her recovery. “When we are robbed of these senses, our experience of pleasure and desire is amputated. I lost my appetite and totally lost my …

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