THE AROMAS IN THIS KIT ARE:
- nail polish remover
- rotten eggs
- sweet corn
YOUR KIT CONTAINS:
• Aromas – 12 vials containing the most common aromas found in the varietal wine. Our aromas are formulated in partnership with an accredited organization, whose mandate is built on a foundation of impeccable research and development.
• An instructional Booklet – Including information on the predominant aromas found in your kit, and their origins. A brief history of the wine variety, as well as tips on tasting are also included.
• An interactive notepad – Designed for you to practice the skills you’ve acquired through the kit. Gather a group of friends, open a few bottles of varietal wine, check off which aromas you recognize in the wines you taste, and compare answers.
• Packaging – Everything is held in place in a beautiful case designed to sit handsomely in your bookshelf, bar or dining room buffet cabinet, making the kit a wonderful and affordable collector’s item.
SO WHAT IS A WINE FAULT?
There is no widely accepted definition, partly because our concept of wine quality is so individual and variable. We could define a fault as the presence of an attribute at an intensity that detracts from or is inconsistent with the wine style. This assumes that the taster possesses experience with the wine style under consideration. Why is this important? The same aroma in one wine might be part of the expected sensory profile (‘typicity’), while in another it would be unacceptable. Think of the role of oxidation in sherry-style wines compared with aromatic white table wines. In sherry, oxidative notes such as rotting apples are part of its allure, but in an aromatic wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, such aromas would be considered detracting.
One of the intriguing features of many of the compounds that can taint a wine concerns concentration. At a low level, a scent may be desirable, adding complexity to the bouquet, while quite obnoxious at higher levels, ruining a wine. Individual preference and sensitivity also play important parts in the acceptance of a particular odor.
To focus on potential faults or taints can detract from the spontaneity and enjoyment of the wine experience. However, it is important that as consumers, we are able to identify faults when they are present, and understand why they have developed. From this we can make better-informed judgments, play a role in the improvement of wine quality, and increase the pleasure we derive from this amazing and complex beverage.
PRODUCT USE WITH WINE FAULTS
While the aromas were not “designed” for use in wine, should you wish to add a few drops of any of the aromas it is safe to do so. There is no “‘right’ number of drops to add and the quantity will vary depending on the wine style, the sensitivity of the person smelling the wine, and on the specific fault itself. We suggest trying just a couple of drops at first, evaluate the wine, and keep adding in small increments until you get the intensity you are after. Please note, however, that THE WINE MAY NOT BE CONSUMED AFTER ADDING THE AROMA DROPS.
*The precise chemical recipes for each aroma bottle contained in this kit have been meticulously composed in the laboratories commissioned by Wine Awakenings under the strict supervision of the company’s chief scientist and professor of oenology. Each aroma is also designed to be non-toxic, for human olfactory consumption, and is protected by Canadian and International copyright (patent pending). The reproduction, in whole or in part, of any of the aromas contained in this kit, without written consent of Wine Awakenings Canada is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, the illegal reproduction of these aromas may cause permanent damage to one’s health. For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org