I ran across this book: "The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That" by Richard Betts. Has anyone tried it or other scratch and sniff wine products? They're a bit less expensive than a Le Nez Du Vin kit.
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Finz,

My brother gave me this book for Christmas. It is a very very rudimentary book going through some very basic aromas. I would go so far as to say that this book is even too basic for someone relatively new to wine.

Definitely not something you could compare to the "Le Nez du vin" kit of aroma vials. IMO, this book is more of a fun/kitschy gift item than anything else
And on another note . . . it's fairly easy to make a homemade "Le Nez du vin" kit with fresh spices / produce / fruit. There are very few aromas in their full 54-aroma kit that you couldn't easily or more inexpensively replicate with things you either already have or could easily get at a local grocery store
Not to mention that would probably be far more useful. It's really the best way.

Honeydew melon in your Chardonnay? If you don't know what that is, just buy one and eat it. You'll build much better taste and aroma memories.

I had a friend who wasn't sure what cassis was and everyone would always say "oh I get notes of cassis and plum and blah blah blah in this wine."

So I bought her some black currant juice which she'd not had before. She understood right away after tasting it and realized that half the time people claimed to pick it up it wasn't there at all.
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Originally posted by GregT:

So I bought her some black currant juice which she'd not had before. She understood right away after tasting it and realized that half the time people claimed to pick it up it wasn't there at all.


bla bla bla

i bet your black currant juice wasn't organic, bio dynamic, or grown from the south facing side of a mystical mountain surrounded by mist watered by mountain dew and heated by geothermic properties from surrounding volcanos.

because if you did, you would actually see what i'm talking about when i say the wine tastes like currants.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by GregT:

So I bought her some black currant juice which she'd not had before. She understood right away after tasting it and realized that half the time people claimed to pick it up it wasn't there at all.


bla bla bla

i bet your black currant juice wasn't organic, bio dynamic, or grown from the south facing side of a mystical mountain surrounded by mist watered by mountain dew and heated by geothermic properties from surrounding volcanos.

because if you did, you would actually see what i'm talking about when i say the wine tastes like currants.


G-man, might be time to create some scratch and sniff cards for future offlines. How do you create those cards anyway?
I think the book is more of an opening for people to discuss wine, that may not be otherwise interested in any of specifics that go into wine. Richard Betts is a rad dude, and I think he is appealing to a section of the wine market that is generally skipped over, or worse manipulated into purchases with shiny labels and ridiculous juice.

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