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The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert Take a Whiff of That Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world but he s no wine snob and he hates wine speak In the first book of its kind he helps readers scratch and sniff their way

  • Title: The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That
  • Author: Richard Betts Wendy MacNaughton
  • ISBN: 9780544005037
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he s no wine snob and he hates wine speak In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine the fruits, the wood, the earth enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and getRichard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he s no wine snob and he hates wine speak In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine the fruits, the wood, the earth enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.

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    About "Richard Betts Wendy MacNaughton"

    1. Richard Betts Wendy MacNaughton

      RICHARD BETTS has been featured in the New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food Wine, Outside, GQ, and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country He is the founder of two wine companies, Betts Scholl and Scarpetta, that have won top praise from leading wine publications The founder and president of Sombra Mezcal, he launched several new red wines in 2012.

    134 Comments

    1. I was stunned by the audacity of this book, and then I was stunned again when I realized that it was only me that felt this way, judging by the scores on !For one, the scratch and sniff element of the book, which was the thing that attracted me to it, was feeble. Mostly there was a smell of a sort of plasticy deodorant. The only one that came close to the real thing was the butter smell. So you definitely won’t learn how to discern smells in wines from this, not even basic ones. Also on this p [...]


    2. I like wine but am definitely not a "wine snob," so this book was right up my alley! I wrote a full review for The Wine Club Group site (Review: Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert) but here is the gist of it.First, I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I would have liked for it to have been longer and there were a couple of scents that didn't "smell" so much. But other than that, it was terrific. This book is a quick read because it is done like a children's board book. [...]


    3. This is exactly what it says it is: a scratch and sniff book that uses the olfactory method to help one become more familiar with wine and with an even greater hope to pursue the direction that a connoisseur would. The items that are being presented for one to scratch and sniff are not the different types of wine, but instead elements that make up the wine that we are more familiar. Ingredients include fruits and citrus, bacon and butter, and even grass and leather, which produce a residue that [...]



    4. This book is a marvelous little accompaniment to drinking. It's written in good humor by a Master Sommelier and encourages readers to consider fruit, wood and earthiness in wine to pinpoint why they like what they like. I honestly wish it made more scratch-and-sniff stickers though


    5. This is fun. It has none of the pretentiousness or snobbery one might imagine in a book about wine. The Author presents a ton of information in a very simple format and is never condescending. He clearly enjoys the subject. I suspect that he is the type who would enter a room, and find the one person who doesn't like wine and make it his personal mission to educate them on what they are missing.I have a friend who didn't like wine, and said it was "for sissies" to drink. Between my urgings to tr [...]


    6. The scratch & sniff doesn't smell like anything, which pretty much made this book a big fat waste of money. I gave this book to my husband for Christmas and I couldn't have been more disappointed.


    7. Really cute, even if I don't drink. I couldn't help it. Since the book is from 2013, I think some of the smells have worn off (bacon and vanilla). The fruit and grass was still good though. The butter was, wow.


    8. short little informative book. cute illustrations, some text a little hard to read, but a just fine interesting book.


    9. While this book may be a bit oversimplified for wine connoisseurs and the like, it promises to be an easy to follow guide to the basics for the laymen. It steers clear of most technical terminology and is styled as a large board book like those made for small children. It features scratch and sniff panels throughout the book to demonstrate Some of the olfactory elements of wines such as the fruit, wood, and earth aromas as well as the more subtle such as bacon and butter. The scents were not ver [...]


    10. Ok - should this count as a book read? Why not? This was a Christmas gift from Brendan and it's funny as I bought it to give to Cassie and Dan! It's a large board book that teaches the reader about wine-What's a good wine? Why should we sniff? Why fruit wines? What are the benefits of oaks? Meaning of other smells and wine? There are scratch and sniff spots on almost every page that makes the learning fun! There is a map of the wines of the world in the back of the book that is quite fun to use, [...]


    11. Really fun, informative wine guide. The graphics and poster are useful, and the information is very clear. This was a lot of fun to read, and I think that it's better than a lot of other wine guides in the sense that the information is very straightforward and he really only tells you what's necessary.I couldn't pick up some of the scents on the stickers (had to scratch hard); this would be a great gift.


    12. Fun, quick read. Although not all of the scratch patches worked, that's the publisher's fault, not the author's. And by giving a photo and name, I could imagine the smell quite well. I might suggest re-publishing without the scratch part and reducing the cost. That would make it a lovely little gift to include in a housewarming basket to young 20-somethings.


    13. This was a fun way to learn about wine. I want to go wine tasting now! It would be pretty fun to do tastings with someone who was in it just to make it fun, as it seems like the author would do. I enjoyed the book and will enjoy smelling my wine that much more now. P.S. Thank you for not adding any of the icky smells!


    14. Isn’t this fun? Yes, it’s a real scratch and sniff book. And, no, you probably won’t become a wine expert, but you will know lots more about this mysterious world. It’s not as tricky as you think. And it’s delightfully good fun.


    15. That doesn't smell like bacon. But, at least now I know why my cat Beebo is fascinated by a good Sauvignon Blanc. (No, not bacon scent; it's grosser than that.)Buy this title from Powell's Books.


    16. Absolutely delightful. Short and sweet and actually pretty helpful for a layperson. I shall be doing much further research in conjunction with the handy "map to your desires" included with the book. Hooray!


    17. Quick, fun, and educational. Who doesn't like a picture book for adults with scratch-and-sniff examples?!!! This book believes wine is a grocery item and not a luxury. Probably best for those who don't know much about wine or are uncertain which kinds to try or who like scratch-and-sniff books.




    18. Now that my nose has cleared I can finally get around to enjoying this book the way it was intended to be enjoyedratchin' and sniffin'.


    19. This book does a good job of explaining the major taste / smell components of wine so that one may be able to better describe and find wine one likes.


    20. Fruit = red or black fruitEarth = new world vs old, clean vs funk, floral vs vegetal/herbalWood = oak, cinnamon, nutmegOthers: graphite, tar, cigar, leather



    21. This book is a wonderful quick guide to figuring out the characteristics and flavors that you personally enjoy in wine. The scratch and sniff portions make this book extra delightful!


    22. This may not be the most comprehensive book on wine I have ever read, but it the most fun. I bought extra copies for my sister-in-law, and my neighbor.


    23. Easy. Fun. Informative. The scratch and sniff bits didn't smell much like I expected, but the info is great for basic overview of grapes and wines.



    24. THis was a funky little book, the scratch and sniff smelled just like my strawberry shortcake scratch n sniff stickers from back in the day but the info was good.



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