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Old 07-30-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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The Bouquet, The Perfume 2

Buon Giorno,

Firstly, I am pleased to see that there was a good turnout on the Science of Wine Tasting Part 1.

This is a brief on the sense of smell ... The Bouquet and The Perfume 2.

The sense of smell is an internal and profound internal language that needs no more interpretation than that given by our individual sensitivity.

A language that can be learnt, yes can be learnt in any part of the world and used universally. A language at a ridiculously affordable price, the price of instinct !

The sense of smell is like a song, a melody, a passion ...

Although words remain with us, so does our nose with its sense of smell which is never quite under our control, and like any great passion, it can happen at any unexpected moment. For example, have you ever been on a crowded bus, or subway ? Then, you are aware, that negative aromas can be picked up immediately by our olfactory ... as well as positive ones.

One of the best books depiciting aromas and the sense of smell, by author Patrick Süskind was THE PERFUME.

One of the most quintessentials, is to approach wine with ENJOYMENT. An excellent glass of wine, is a song in nature. The plant world, minerals, animals can all be seen in a wine glass. Yes, fauna too. This is why we always smell first, because otherwise, we lose much of the magic and evocativeness of wines. Remember, animals do eat grapes !

Smelling the bouquet is not an empty gesture aiming to impress ...

It is essential for any person with of a minimum of sensitivity ...

How about a trip to Istanbul or Marrakesh to wander around a Spice Market ?

Place your nose over a well aged, deep red wine made perhaps from Pinot Noir grapes, and your sense of smell shall reel with the scents of Cardamom, black and white pepper, clove, sometimes cumin, and nutmeg.

Maybe you prefer to walk around Piamonte, Italia ... Well, breathe in the aromas of white Alba truffles ...


Or perhaps, a damp forest with streams in Valladolid, Spain in Ribera del Duero country, and / or The Caribbean where one shall experience the scents of mango, papaya, passion fruit - maracuya, and these scents one shall find in Sauvignon Blance Grapes.

Wine can show your senses how to travel.

Look forward to hearing from you once again,

Have lovely summer,
Ciao, Margaux.

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Old 07-30-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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quintessential is an adjective. not a verb or noun.

now, define oblivious.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #3
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quintessential is an adjective. not a verb or noun.


In polite company, underwear and socks are referred to as 'essentials'.
In the quintuplets' home, the maid was busily packing their suitcases for summer camp. She packed the swimsuits and the quintessentials in the bottom of the suitcase.

ta da.....'tis now a noun
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I am finding all this quite interesting. I have some limited experience in detecting flavors and aromas in distilled spirits and, which will likely surprise some folks, tobacco...specifically handmade cigars. Not professionally, mind you, just as a way to enhance my own personal enjoyment. I reckon it is similar to the wine experience in that one's palate has to communicate with one's nose and brain to discern subtle differences that most folks cannot detect, usually because they are not looking for them. It often comes across as being pretentious, but it really isn't. It truly enhances the enjoyment of the wine, whiskey, cigar, or for that matter most things we like to eat, drink or otherwise indulge ourselves in. I reckon some folks will not understand my interest in such things but, shucks, most folks think I am crazy anyway.
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I reckon some folks will not understand my interest in such things but, shucks, most folks think I am crazy anyway.
hoot you live in,from what little i know from the television,a pretty nice part of the world & from your posts eat good food,drink good liquor,have a down to earth manner,great sense of humour & go about your business....if that's crazy then a touch of insanity isn't such a bad thing in my book!!
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Well, thank ye kindly, Harry!
I appreciate that, ol' Hoss!
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Well, thank ye kindly, Harry!
I appreciate that, ol' Hoss!
us loonies gotta stick together me old mucker!!
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Hoot: We enjoy a fine Cubano & Liquor too !

Hoot,

Thanks so much for your post ... We too are as crazy as You !!!

Kindest and thanx for feedback, and contribution and your 100% politeness.

Kindest,
Sempre, Ciao,
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Blissful: MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS

You are absolutely wonderful, and thanks for the support, your politeness & kindness and contributions ... It is always great to have you on my threads.

All my best for a gorgeous summer,
Sempre, Ciao, Margaux.
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You are absolutely wonderful, and thanks for the support, your politeness & kindness and contributions ... It is always great to have you on my threads.

All my best for a gorgeous summer,
Sempre, Ciao, Margaux.
i think you misunderstood blissfuls post margi...it was a joke,a play on the words QUINTuplets & ESSENTIALS meaning underwear
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