Do you love wine? Can you recognise the different aromas in your glass? Smelling wine is not something you do to show off…
Smelling wine and being able to appreciate the “nose” of the wine is crucial to understanding wine.
Having a good sense of smell is without a shadow of a doubt THE most important skill you need to really enjoy wine. Without it, you will not be able to learn about wine. Your sense of smell is not something that you use only for aromas. You will also need a good sense of smell to spot the flavours of wine.
Contrary to popular belief the “taste of chocolate” or the “taste of blackcurrant” is not actually a taste… but a smell! These are called flavours, and they are in reality flavours are not tastes but smells. That is why, when you have a cold, and a blocked nose, you feel like you can’t taste anything. In reality, what you can’t do is smell, and as a result you can’t detect flavours.
“For those of us who love wine, it really isn’t good news at all”
Sadly though, the vast majority of us have a very poor nose. By that, I mean that we are extremely poor at using our sense of smell.
It’s not your fault. You probably have great olfactory (smell) sensors to detect smells. But you haven’t been taught to use them. Your olfactory memory (your memory of smell) has never been trained. At school, you learn to remember words, sounds, numbers, images… but smells? Tastes?
Sadly, these senses are not developed. It’s no surprise our sense of taste and our sense of smell are so poor. For those of us who love wine, it really isn’t good news at all.
But, I have good news for you! It isn’t that hard at all to program your nose, to educate your sense of smell.
That’s why I’ve decided to create a workbook: to help you develop your sense of smell.
- So that you can enjoy wine more.
- So that you can start really understanding wine.
- So that you can easily learn about wine.
What’s in the workbook?
In this workbook, you’ll first get to learn what aromas are found in wine. You’ll learn about the main families of aromas and what different aromas they each comprise.
You’ll then learn where aromas come from, and why they are important when you’re looking to understand wine or when you try to find out what wines you like.
The 3 Groups of Aromas:
Primary aromas: These aromas are varietal aromas. This means that they come from the actual fruit, the grape, and that each variety has its own specific aromas.
Secondary aroma: These aromas come from the fermentation process, when the grape juice is turned into wine.
Tertiary aromas: These aromas come from the maturation and ageing process. These can come from the oak or can come from the evolution of primary aromas.
And after the theory, you’ll move to part 2: the practical part.
In this part, I will share with you exercises I have developed to quickly help you pick up the most important aromas. Using these exercises and focusing on these key aromas, means you’ll very quickly be able to pick out aromas in practically 90% of all wines out there.
Follow this workbook and you’ll be picking out aromas of blackcurrant in Cabernet and finding the notes of green apple in your glass of Chardonnay in no time.
Finally, I have a few practical tests for you to have fun developing your sense of smell. I use these exercises to develop my 6-year-old son’s sense of smell. He absolutely adores these tests and probably has a better nose than me now. So it’s highly recommended as a family exercise too. Let me know how you did.
Be sure to grab the workbook. Download the entire FREE workbook here.