Master Sommelier Andrea Immer (America's best sommelier, 1998) described
Wine Aromas/Le Nez du Vin as "the coolest thing in the world...It's
really a lot of fun"
"Whether for business or pleasure, as a wine education aid or a challenging
game amongst friends, professional wine sensory kits for wine maker or
merchant are becoming popular...."
"...Recognizing the aromas is more difficult than it sounds. It's
like meeting an old friend on the street and not being able to remember
his name! Le Nez du Vin is a great icebreaker...the minute you open the
lid, everyone wants to get into the act!"
"Sure, we'd all like to compare the precocious and peppery bouquet
of a cabernet franc with the hints of linden tea leaves in a Quarts de
Chaume. But what can a nose be so discriminating? The answer is, to some,
$350 and practice. "Le Nez du Vin" kits offer chemical distillations
of up to 54 aromas found in wine. The numbered vials correspond to flash
cards identifying the scent (truffle, licorice, saffron) and its characteristics.
There are also a $100 set for the "Faults of Wine" 12 telltale
whiffs (vinegar, glue, rotten egg, musk) of a vintage gone bad."
"Our eyes are taught to recognize colors and our ears to hear music,
but our nose has never been educated. Le Nez du Vin, an educational kit
for the uneducated nose. Even a novice can be taught..."
"...a precious instrument for the education of the sense of smell
and the olfactory memory."
"...aimed at anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of and pleasure
in wine, ranging from the somewhat bewildered novice to the professional
"...may be considered a graduate program..."
"Great connoisseur, Jean Lenoir, whose joyous passion and rare gift
of sharing his knowledge have conquered all audiences..."
"Learning to distinguish the different scents of wine is one of the
best ways of making progress in wine tasting. But, finding the vocabulary
to describe a particular aroma can leave us at a loss for words."
"Simply the best wine education kits around and the only one we recommend or sell in that matter."