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Salud Scents Redux

I have a category called, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

I rarely use it, because I’d rather rave than rants (publicist in me). But, everyone now and then, something hits me emotionally; and, before I even sleep on it, I go spouting off on Wine Blog. It’s rare, but it does occasionally happen.

Salud Scents was  my recent rant; first of all, because I’m super sensitive to aromas, and secondly because I’ve had too many women (more than men) show up at a table where I’m pouring wine. Some of them are just so overwhelmingly aromatic that I can’t help but wonder what perfume they’ve bathed in, before arriving at the tasting.

Tasting is so much about aromatics first, that it’s best to remain scent neutral. You want to be able to pick up all the subtle nuances. That can’t be done if there’s a conflicting aromatics in the room. It’s that simple.

It’s also a dead give-away, ladies, that you’re a novice at this experience. No harm, no foul, as we all have to start somewhere, just like I did. I, too, had to also learn about this perfume thing. An aroma, outside of a tasting experience ~ that would be delightful in any other setting ~ easily becomes the most offensive no-no for everyone in a tasting room… for both professional and most consumers.

One can’t pick up the subtle nuances of wine, if someone else in the room smells like a perfume factory.

So, I did the, “What?!” when I heard about perfume being released that smells like wine.

I wrote, “Perfume that Smells Like Wine?” … saying, “Why would I want to smell like wine, when I’m going to have to be driving my car? I had a friend close out a tasting room, and put the bottles left over from the day into the back seat of her car. While driving home, she came upon a deer. She swerved to avoid it, but hit a wall. In the accident, the car and all the bottles were smashed, making a terrible mess. Because the cops could smell wine, they waited – while her back was also smashed – to test her for alcohol before they got her out of her car (with the jaws of life). All of this was done before getting her to the hospital, where she belonged.

And, I said all kinds of other crazy stuff, too, before even really knowing anything about these perfumes. I had tons of preconceived notions; because, any aroma for me that has to do with wine just seemed so wrong.

As you can image, if this were your product, you’d be on my criticism like a fly on sticky paper; and, so was the creator Kelly Podorsek. It is, after all, her company and concept, so she was obliged to defend her product. Because I had written about her product, I was also obliged to let her give it her best shot in a debate format. (I’m not cruel, just opinionated. I also have an open mind.)

Kelly sent samples of her Wine Aroma Perfume Collection to me:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Merlot
  • Syrah

I have to admit that the perfume’s aromas of each scent are very pleasant. I don’t wear perfume anymore, because I’m always around wine; but, if I weren’t in the wine business, I’d probably wear the Merlot, truth be told.

If you ladies love perfume, and want your wine experiences to linger (after, not before your tasting), I’m able to see some romantic nights ahead, when you get back to your homes or hotel rooms.

Kelly’s crafted some lovely aromas, that you might just enjoy.

She deserved a redux, based on the fragrances of her samples. If she had a rose perfume, I might even wear that (when not doing things related to wine), based on my own aroma preferences. Wine aromas all day is enough to satisfy me for a very long – if not forever – time.

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2 Responses to “Salud Scents Redux”

  1. There seems to be a lot of this going around. A recent short article in Self magazine advocated for a wine and perfume tasting party at which participants would spray perfume samples immediately before tasting wine. The idea being that the perfumes would help tasters identify aromas and flavors in the wines. What!? The fact that a national publication would actually promote this silly idea really got me frustrated, so I, like you, couldn’t help but blog about it.

    http://msdrinkwell.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/wine-and-perfume-tasting-doesnt-make-good-scents/

    Feel free to take a look if you have the time!

  2. Jo says:

    Dear Ms. Drinkwell,

    It just goes to show that the people who are publishing Self Magazine enjoy wine for the commodity benefits; i.e., something to slam down when the need arises.

    If this magazine had a regular wine writer connection, this would have been shot down, long before it left the “Bright Idea” office.

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