Stick your nose in this wine book and I guarantee you'll surface a more skilled beer connoisseur.
No, seriously. Stick your nose in there and take a big whiff. Because this is a very unique book: a scratch and sniff wine guide.
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard Betts landed on my radar when I heard Betts's interview on the Tim Ferris Podcast.
Those of you who are new to The Academy may be thinking, “What the hell Billy? Wiiine? I thought you were a beer guy??”
But this is no surprise to regular readers, and especially my Beer Tasting Mastery students who constantly hear me stress the importance of going outside the beer world to learn about beer. In fact, some of the most eminent beer experts out there know loads about other boozes.
I think what it comes down to, at least for me, is that I'm not so much a fan of beer but a fan of anything that tastes great. And wine 100% qualifies.
Why is THIS the wine book you should read?
Well hey, I'm sure there are better wine books out there if you want to do a deep study. But! If you're a beer guy or gal who wants to know enough about wine to carry a conversation at the upcoming company Christmas party, use this book.
More importantly, did I mention it's scratch…and…sniff?! How cool is that?! Have a look:
Exotic smells, tropical smells, earthy smells, oaky, funky, floral…all there for you to savor and imprint to your memory.
So the next time you smell your wine or beer you'll stand a better chance of picking up these aromas. Yes, beer too. There's plenty of overlap between the aromas you get in wine and those you get in beer. Even more so here in late 2015 with brewers introducing new hop varieties, pushing style boundaries, and even concocting beer-wine hybrids.
The book itself is a quick read — you'll knock it out in one sitting. It's extremely approachable, uses simple language (i.e. snobbery-free), and the aromas are much more pungent & accurate than I expected.
So put the nail clippers down and go grab a copy.
Oh, and look at that. His whiskey book just came out. I'm on it.
Maybe beer is next?