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 )