By Leah Bourne, The Vivant
Related Article: How to Make the Perfect EspressoIn his book, Betts breaks down the hundred or so aromas that are most often used to describe wine into four categories: fruit, wood, earth, and "other." It also looks at the typical scent components of whites and reds, and examines how to distinguish between them.
Related Article: Entertaining 101: How to Plan a Dinner Party What makes this book so unusual is that it allows you to scratch and sniff these aromas as you go. "It's not about saying that this smell is the most faithful recreation of peach in a glass of wine," Betts told NPR. "But, the book gets you thinking about what you like and don't like-and talking about them in terms of vocabulary [readers] already have, not in 'wine speak.'" "The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That" by Richard Betts, $11.99, amazon.com.
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