Many lay people who are not in the wine business, yet enjoy wine, purchase Le Nez du Vin as a fun way of entertaining guests. Instead of serving wine with hors d’oeuvres before dinner, they will open four or five bottles of wine, break out the Le Nez du Vin, and have guests try to identify the flavors.
As a wine educator, I had the following experience teaching a client to blind taste wine. Picking up a glass, she attempted to note its characteristics.
“What do you smell?” I asked.
“Prune, prune, prune!” she cried in frustration, unable to make an association between the fruit aroma and the winel.
Picking up the Le Nez du Vin illustrated card with the prune picture, we read the varietals the aroma is frequently found in.
“The wine is a blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache from Corbieres!” she guessed, correctly naming the region in the Languedoc the wine is from. According to the card, the aroma of prune is common find in both Corbieres and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the wine clearly was not the latter.
Le Nez du Vin is an exceptional training tool! To buy Le Nez du Vin, visit Wine Aromas. You will find a wide selection of kits to suit your needs, starting with the Master Kit described above (containing aroma vials for red, white, dessert, champagnes/sparkling wines), 12 aromas red wine, 12 aromas white wine, 12 aromas oak casks, and 12 aromas faults.
Mastering the ability to blind taste and describe wine accurately is a skill everyone can learn. It takes practice, a willingness to apply oneself, and the helpful aromas available from Le Nez du Vin.