Making Scents of Wine Aromas

You love wine. You’re a connoisseur and you want to learn more about wine, how it smells and how it tastes. You want to read wine reviews and find new favorites and you want to share the experience with friends. But, what in tarnation is cassis or a gooseberry and what would they smell like anyway? Furthermore, you might be a little shy in situations, like a wine-tasting party with your neighbors, calling upon you to describe the aromatic profile of the wine in your glass. <<…crickets…>>  Yeah, we’ve been there. Learn to identify and describe aromas in wine with ease using aroma kits like those from Wine Awakenings.

Using a handful of repeatable steps and small vials of common aromatic components in wine you can quickly train your nose to identify and describe them. The pros use aroma kits so why shouldn’t the everyday consumer? I have had success with the popular, and immensely more expensive, Le Nez du Vin, and the kits by Wine Awakenings were given the nod by noted 30-year Napa winemaker, Marco DiGiulio. They make great gifts for the wine lover in your family, for training retail staff at your wine business or supporting those in the field of wine education.

Each kit (Red and White) contains 12 aromas, instructional booklet, scent cards and interactive notepad. Don’t study alone. Rather, use the cards and notepad and turn learning into a game to be shared with friends and a glass (or more) of wine.

To use the kits simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Without looking at the label, gently invert a vial about 3 or 4 times, open and wave it just a few inches below your nose, but without making contact with your nose.
  2. Sniff once or twice, but not too much. Your nose can actually adapt to the aroma pretty quickly and make it more difficult to smell the aroma further.  TIP: To “rest” your nose you can take break to get fresh air or you can simply sniff the back of your hand a couple of times. A cup of coffee beans can do the trick as well.
  3. Now test yourself by identifying the aroma and check the label to see if you got it right. If not, try again. Practice makes perfect and repetition using the interactive cards and notepad help train your nose and brain to more easily identify and recall each aroma.

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