Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eau de Wine

In this blog we’ve talked about pairing wine with food, wine with chocolates, and wine with cheese. Now it’s time to consider pairing wine with perfume!

Fragrances of Wine offers a line of custom scents created by Amy Mumma, a wine consultant, and Richard Asfour, a perfume expert. The fragrances are based on the essence of four types of wine: red, Rose, white and sparkling. The perfumes sell from $85 to $125 per bottle.

Noir – This perfume brings to mind ripe berries, cherries, figs, spice and everything nice.

Rose de Provence – Just as the name implies, the essence of wild roses floats through the air with a subtle hit of lavender, violet and jasmine to create a lingering aroma.

Blanc - The floral notes of orange blossom, orchid and honeysuckle mingle with amber undertones for a nice, light scent.

Sparkle - This treasure-trove of sparkling wine notes reminds you of an effervescent vino, and life's celebrations.

Another wine perfumery is Kelly & Jones When Jones noticed how her vanilla perfume intermingled with the notes of a Chardonnay she was drinking, she decided to create fragrances that would play off different types of vinos. The Kelly & Jones Wine Notes Collection highlights five perfumes influenced by wine.

Cabernet – A whiff of vintage leather, peppercorns, black cherry and tobacco intermingle to create an intoxicating perfume.

Merlot – The crafting of rhubarb, red currents and mission fig mixed with candied violets gives a subtle yet rich aroma.

Chardonnay – Delve into the aromas of crème brûlée, toasted oak, vanilla blossom and honeydew for a sensuous scent.

Riesling – A combination of peach and pear mixed with raspberry leaf and bergamot teases the nose.

Sauvignon Blanc – This scent offers the freshness of green apple, grapefruit and star fruit blended with the camellia flower. Seductive!

According to Jones, “Fragrance and scent are intertwined, so a wine fragrance is just a natural progression of this link.” The Wine Notes Collection sells for $84 for a 1.7 fl oz/ 50 ml spray bottle.

If you’d rather concoct your own vino scents, check out sites such as these for wine fragrance oils that can be added to make bath oils, soaps, lotions, perfumes and candles.

Nature’s Garden provides wine fragrance oils available in Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Merlot and Shiraz aromas. For the more alcohol-adventurous, there’s also Absinthe, beer, and Amaretto oils available.

Brambleberry offers vino fragrance oils like Berrywine and Champagne that can be used in soaps.

Crafters Choice has numerous wine fragrance oils including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Galactic Grape.

Now you can have your wine, drink it, and continue the olfactory adventure with a scent that reminds you of your favorite vino. Scent-lute!

~ Joy