As an avid wine taster I can honestly say that one of the most enjoyable parts of drinking wine and analyzing it the best I know how, is smelling the wine. The bouquet of a wine is perhaps the most important part of your wine drinking experience. Don't believe me? Try tasting a wine with your nose plugged and tell me how it goes! I have investigated how to improve my sense of smell in order to better my critique and improve my overall wine experience. Here is a few tips I learned in my study and a few that I plan on incorporating in my everyday life.
Tips for improving your sense of smell:
*High moisture content in the air improves the sense of smell. So if you live in a dry climate you might consider humidifying your air.
*Cigarettes have a negative effect on the sense of smell as well as taste.
*Zinc is thought to improve and strengthen your sense of smell. Oysters are high in zinc, so have at em'!!
*Try sniffing therapy. Sniff something with a strong odor, for a couple of minutes, several times a day.
*In majority of the cases, it is seen that the sense of smell is higher after exercise, so get your daily dose.
*A blocked nose leads to blocked nerve receptors and often results in a poor sense of smell. So, keep your nose clean at all times.
*Make sure to drink a glass of water every hour or so. Dry mouth can contribute to diminishing sense of smell.
These are just a few of the ways that a taster can improve his/her sense of smell and I really believe this could lead to a better wine experience.