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The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That Board book – October 15, 2013
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"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
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Anyway, this book is bound to be a scream at parties, and our Italian friends won't believe this book exists unless I can show it to them. I have no illusions that it will serve any other purpose other than to entertain my friends. If you really believe this will teach you about wine and make you an "expert", then uh... good luck to you. The drive-thru is about two miles down on the left. : )
All we need now is a scratch and sniff book on sex education . . . oh wait . . . didn't something like that come out in the 70s?
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.
While the info is interesting and useful, in a foundation sense, the education is sparse with capitals "S-P-A-R-S-E". Also, I could not give it five stars for me because It is more clever than useful, for those with some knowledge. However, if that's you, file it under "most fun wine novelty item / book ever".
If you know absolutely nothing, I can see this being an okay introduction or cute gift, but the title itself is very misleading.
The scratch and sniff areas smell like children's stickers or markers, and they weren't very vibrant or accurate.
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The book covers wine tasting very well, and if you wish to find a wine for yourself it will do this. Perhaps so would some free resources online however.
Topics not covered: history, ageing, pricing or the infamous “dry” description.
Overall, I don’t regret the purchase but I didn’t get what I was expecting and now need to make a subsequent purchase.
Valuto questo oggetto con sole 3 stelle poichè, sebbene la confezione all'arrivo fosse integra, ho notato che alcune pagine erano "appiccicate" tra loro. Questo perché all'interno del libro sono presenti alcuni bollini che, se annusati, dovrebbero riprodurre alcuni aromi dei vari tipi di vino.
La mia supposizione è che, in un prodotto nuovo, tali bollini sarebbero dovuti essere coperti da una linguetta che una volta rimossa avrebbe consentito di "testare" i vari profumi, linguetta assente nel libro che ho acquistato.
Questo ha comportato l' appiccicarsi di alcune pagine e la totale assenza di aroma sui vari bollini. Non ho restituito l'articolo poiché era un regalo ed è arrivato già con molti giorni di ritardo.
Probabilmente ho avuto sfortuna, ma attualmente mi sento di sconsigliarne l'acquisto.
RECENSIONE (GENERICA) SUL PRODOTTO:
Il libro in ogni caso si presenta veramente ben strutturato ed illustra in maniera simpatica i vari passaggi per iniziare a conoscere la materia. Il regalo, sebbene non perfetto, è stato apprezzato.