While visiting the Foundry Vineyards tasting room in Walla Walla last weekend, a special opportunity was brought to my attention. An Introductory Olfaction Seminar with expert Alexandre Schmitt of Wine & Flavors is being offered for the first time in Washington. Schmitt is a professor at the University of Bordeaux and consultant to some of the world’s most renowned wine brands.
If you’ve ever sniffed a wine and thought, “There’s a familiar aroma there, but I can’t quite put my finger on it,” this is the seminar for you. Sensory exercises help build your muscle memory, and learning from an expert in the field is a rare treat.
The target of the olfaction seminar is to structure and to develop our smelling universe. It is an olfactory education helping us to print in our mind lots of aromatic references enough distinct, precise and remarkable in order to organize this structuring. There are two main levels: the aromatic wine descriptors and the aromatic chemicals so far identified in the wine.
The Level 1 is focused on the “Wine descriptors and the aromatic categories of wines”: woods, coniferous, balsamic notes, animal character, leather, smokiness, burnt character, tobacco, butter ton, mints, anise, very fresh notes, ether and medicinal notes, vegetal character, earthiness, mushroom, acetic notes, sulfurs,
hay family, citrus notes, fruitiness, floral character, fresh flowers, white flowers, etc.
Introductory Olfaction Seminar Level I: “The Aromatic Descriptors of Wine”
Thanks to Ali Mayfield, the seminar will be held at Foundry Vineyards.
Address: North 13th Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362
Date/Time: April, 27th. 8:30am-12:30am/2.00pm-4.00pm (full day 6 hour seminar)
The cost is: $375
Attendance is limited to 25 participants
Deadline to register: April, 15th 2012