The Path to Wine Wisdom… Step 3
We’ve been taking baby steps along the pathway to wine-godhood…
We found out (and so did you) that we weren’t as wine savvy as we’d imagined. With a little help (thanks HuffPo and VinePair!), we’ve been working toward a higher state of enlightenment. We’re going to become wine gods.
Smell your wine
And don’t just sniff at it. Put your nose all the way in your glass and smell.
Close your eyes while you smell the wine. This serves two purposes. First, if you’re self conscious about having your face in a glass, you’ll feel better because you won’t be able to see people looking at you. And secondly, it will allow you to concentrate on the things your nose knows.
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard. Other odors, instantaneous and fleeting, cause my heart to dilate joyously or contract with remembered grief. Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening fields far away.” ~ Helen Keller
Our sense of smell is closely associated with memory… and taste. What do you smell? Fruit? Pepper? Tobacco? Wood? Any of these are possible, and there are no wrong answers.
Maybe you just smell grapes. This is still not a wrong answer because (trade secret here) wine is grapes! You’re just not picking up the other notes yet. Keep smelling your wine – closing your eyes, breathing in deeply, and paying close attention to your nose.
And we’ll be back soon with the fourth and final step on the path to wine-godhood.