My goal while learning about different wines is to become proficient in all of the aspects of tasting. There are a plethora of tasting exercises that can be completed to help accomplish this goal. This week I will be focusing on expanding my olfactory acuity.
* Blind smell the real deal! Have someone place different fruits, spices, soils, flowers, pencil shavings, honey, butter, vegetables, etc. to smell blind.
* Just after smelling through, have six classic wines and smell for similarities. Take notes and try to commit these smells to memory.
* Repeat this exercise with the same flight four days in a row to cement your impressions. In following weeks/months, repeat with different flights of real subjects and six classic wines.
* Continue until you feel comfortable with all theoretically possible notes in classic wines then extend to spirits, beers, etc.