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Beginner Question - Nose

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Beginner Question - Nose

Dio Seijuro | Aug 18, 2009 10:33 AM

Hi chow wine drinkers, I need some help here. I am reading books and beginning to teach myself about wines. A potential problem I repeatedly run into here is concerning the nose. Specifically analyzing the smell and taking notes.

I have a good taste/smell memory and can detect differences quite well. But what gets me scratching my head is how people know what a lot of the things (they use to describe a wine's smell) smell like in the first place! For example people compare a wine's smell to all kinds of plants, grasses, flowers, herbs, nuts, berries, and fruits. But I look at this list of things and think, but I don't know what most of these are supposed to smell like! Especially flowers, plants, and berries. I am a meat eater and don't eat a lot of fruits, especially berries, and I know nothing about flowers and grasses and plants.

Does this mean I have to go to flower shops and supermarkets and start smelling stuff?

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