(ST. HELENA, CA) -- One of the most interesting aspects of a lifestyle that involves the enjoyment of wine is the varied vocabulary and discussion of wine's sensory experience, much of which centers around things olfactory.
I must confess that I fail miserably at the "Smell That" wine game. The recent pronouncement of a Bonny Doon Syrah Port "brimming with aromas of raspberry Kool-Aid on steroids" escapes me. This confounds family and close friends who have accused me of having a shark's keen sense of smell (apparently sharks can smell things as distant as two football fields away). But I guess my nose is a mother's nose, meant for deciphering activities of those close to me. Or perhaps, it is just that I have not educated myself enough to label the hidden notes that waft out of a glass of "inky purple elixir," yet I can clearly identify hidden hints of tobacco, secreted sweets, and other brushes with a day's by-products.