What is that smell?

20101616 You swirl that wine in your glass and bring it up to your nose. You can smell the raspberry and a slighty earthiness, but there’s something else…and you just can’t seem to place it. What IS that smell? You try to recall what had that unique aroma, but you draw a blank. Frustrating, right?

According to experts, about 75% of what we perceive as taste comes from our sense of smell. But to be able to remember a smell, you must train your nose to recognize certain aromas. The more aromas you can store in your olfactory memory, the more aromas you can recall and the more precise your description of a wine will be. After a while, it becomes second nature. With practice, you’ll soon be able to distinguish dozens of distinct wine aromas.

Napa Valley Tweetup at Mondavi So how do you develop your olfactory vocabulary? Well, you could go out and buy all those fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other exotic ingredients, but that can get expensive as well as time consuming. I mean, where will you find a barnyard smell? Or violets? And then, the perishible items, such as fruit, don’t stay fresh for long. That’s why a wine aroma kit is a great investment in your wine education. When you start to add up the cost of obtaining all the scents in these kits, the price of a kit is actually much cheaper than assembling it all on your own. The aromas are conveniently packaged in small containers that can be opened anytime you want to refresh your olfactory memory. At IWA, we offer different kits to suit your ambitions and budget.

20101597 GoodL’Atelier Oeno Box Aromes du Vin Gift Set

Understand more about wine and its special aromas. The Oeno Box contains eight examples of primary aromas found in wine and information is provided to aid in tasting. Beautifully presented, the set includes one of the L’Atelier du Vin’s premium corkscrews, eight boxed aromas and a spare spiral. $89.95

20101596 BetterL’Atelier du Vin Wine Tasting Kit

Share your passion for wine with this intelligent gift. The Wine Discovery Kit is an illustrated tasting method with 40 wine aromas and 50 tasting sheets that help any wine lover discover the vintage, region of origin or the appellation of a wine. $139.95

Le Nez du Vin BestLe Nez du Vin

The ultimate wine education kit developed by wine expert Jean Lenoir, Le Nez du Vin is a sophisticated instructional guide to the most common essences found in wine. Learn to distinguish and detect such things as type, age and components of wine- even the kind of soil in which the grapes were grown. This kit includes 54 glass vials of wine scents, illustrated fact cards and an instruction booklet. Imported from France. $399.95

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One Response to “What is that smell?”

  1. March 28, 2010 at 21:13 #


    I am a writer for The Gourmet Retailer magazine, and I would like to mention your essence kit products specifically in an online article I am writing about wine accessories. May I please do so?

    Many thanks,

    Amanda Roberts
    The Gourmet Retailer magazine

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