Scratch & Sniff for Grown Ups?

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That By Richard Betts - my most recent random wine buy. Although I wouldn't call myself a wine expert after reading it, I'm tickled that I did.

Honestly...I bought this book as a kitchy little piece for my wine library. It has the most simple of scratch and sniff wine smells and color reference and beginner tasting terminology- the author has everything written and assembled in a way that can be understood even if you are already a few glasses deep and sporting purple lips and teeth. I didn't expect to learn as much as I have and I catch myself constantly re-reading and flipping through this gem for reference.

Yes. Reference. Because I like big, bright pictures so I don't have to scour through pages looking for answers to the most basic of wine questions.  

No, this book isn't going to be able to answer the musings of a seasoned wine drinker, but it's fun. And if you turn your nose up at it, then you are probably a bit stuffy (that's a nose pun...because..scratch and sniff. Get it?). This is a charming piece to pull out when enjoying a bottle with friends- a conversation piece, a simple guide and smile instigator. 

It's only $15 tops (I grabbed it for $10) - which is basically the cost of a breakfast sandwich and latte. 

$15? even if you are skeptical, I would say give it a read. And if you hate it- this makes for a decent White Elephant gift. (FYI: Christmas is 118 days away ) 

21 pages of cardboard cuteness by Richard Betts- yes, he is a real life Certified Sommelier.

21 pages of cardboard cuteness by Richard Betts- yes, he is a real life Certified Sommelier.

The simplest way to get past smelling "fruit" after swirling your glass of wine. AHA! RED fruit!

The simplest way to get past smelling "fruit" after swirling your glass of wine. AHA! RED fruit!