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The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That Board book – October 15, 2013
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A Look Inside Essential Scratch and Sniff
"Smart, fun, enlightening, and refreshingly free of snobbery."
"The master sommelier Richard Betts’s clever new scratch-and-sniff book is likely to broaden the novice’s appreciation of wine, explaining how aromas relate to different varietals.... A useful chart that ties bouquets to wines is tucked inside."
—Florence Fabricant for The New York Times
—Food & Wine
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Top Customer Reviews
This book instantly made me smarter about wine. From identifying the range of fruits in the nose to understanding more about how the wood barrels and the dirt affect the scent, I learned so much.
In the back is a fold out map to the understand the smells of the entire wine world. You start in the middle and "sniff" your way out to the edge learning how to identify the types of wine you like most.
I love this book. Keeping it close by as I open more bottles and definitely picking up copies for friends. Highly recommend.
That said, I knew I had to have this book when I saw it. I love the idea of taking complex subjects and breaking them down to their component parts, and this book certainly does that. The author, Richard Betts, has taken the 80/20 rule even further and condensed this subject down even further.
The book focuses on identifying the component smells in bottle of wine, where wine comes from, and what kind of wine you should seek out depending on your mood. In the 20 minutes it takes to read the book, I learned much more about wine than I ever knew I wanted to know.
The scratch and sniff stickers are hit and miss, mostly miss, but that's fine. It doesn't take away from the book at all in my opinion, and when they work its a nice touch. The poster that comes with the book is small, but very informative.
In short, get this book. Even if you don't drink wine, it will make you want to pick up a bottle or two and try again. Highly, highly recommended.
This book, on the other hand, oversimplifies, decomposing wine into a handful of aromas. I think that's a good starting point, and I applaud the author for cutting through the crap of wine puffery. But there is another level or two of subtlety beyond this book, and it won't make you an "expert".
In format it's a 22 page board book, much like you'd give a small child. But the text, as well as the subject, is grown up. It walks you through the basic categories of wine smells--the biggest components of taste--and lets you "scratch & sniff". As such, it's a great starting point for understanding wine.
What's peculiar is that while the author does noble service in cutting through the pretense that surrounds--and inflicts--wine tasting and wine descriptions, he feels the need to posture his brief, otherwise excellent, introduction as a guide that will make readers experts. In that, he's actually pretentious in attacking pretension.
If you are a beginner trying to understand what wine people are talking about, this book is a good starting point, as well as a good corrective to snobbery. But it's not an expert guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased as a Christmas gift for my father. A unique (not too expensive) gift for wine lovers. The book arrived in great condition.Published 8 days ago by Sakura
The concept is amazing. I gave the book as a gift in a white elephant exchange and the person who received it was very excited. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
this book is awesome for the person searching for THEIR perfect wine. my husband and i read it through together and faithfully did all of the excercjses and came up with 'try... Read morePublished 16 days ago by lor from savannah
Cute novelty gift for the wino that has pretty much everything. It's a board book with a good amount of info on each page. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Christina C
this is a pretty good reference for anyone who wants to look into becoming a wine expert.Published 22 days ago by Chris
gave as gift to a couple in a wine certification class, they loved it. Stated it was accurate, fun and cute.Published 23 days ago by ck
The stickers smell nothing like what they're supposed to, but I got two of these as gag gifts for my wine-o mom and the professor I TA for who teaches wine courses. They loved it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Terko