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Domaine Carneros debunks the myth that scents don’t mix with wine

The first time I covered the Napa Valley Wine Auction (an elite and pseudo-snobby charity/wine tasting/auction affair that happens every June. Your LA Travel Diva Examiner was chastised for not only wearing perfume (Chanel #5 for Pete’s sake) but for requesting vinegar for my salad at a vintner dinner (you do these meals during the event). Somewhat young and sensitive I nearly burst into tears as the wine maker excoriated me (albeit gently). Well take this Mr. big shot winemaker, things they are a changing according to Domaine Carneros that sent out a press release today announcing the end to scent-less wine tasting.

Seminars at Domaine Carneros start in July
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I love how the missive read, “If you’ve ever been wine tasting, odds are you’ve heard the laundry list of wine tasting faux pas to avoid. Cardinal rule number one of wine tasting—no perfume. It’s a known fact that the scent will overwhelm the aromas of the wine, right? Napa Valley sparkling winery Domaine Carneros and wine and fragrance expert Mary Orlin are putting this rule to rest with the new Making Scents of Wine program—proving that with a little scents and sensibility, wine and fragrance blend beautifully together.” It was music to my ears.

Making Scents of Wine will be led by a certified sommelier and fragrance ace Mary Orlin. It will provide wine and fragrance lovers alike the opportunity to explore the truth behind what happens when wine and perfume co-mingle. It takes two hours and starts with an overview of the history of wine and perfume.. With your taste buds and nose alerted, Mary will guide participants through a tasting of Domaine Carneros sparkling and still wines paired with fragrant essences curated by master perfumer Sarah Horowitz, each perfume carefully selected to highlight a different aromatic note in the particular wine. Artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, paired with wines from the day, will be served following the session..

Advanced bookings are required for the sessions that take place on July 20, October 12, January 25 and May 9 (2015). Prices are $125 per person for non- wine club members and $110 per person for wine club members. For more information or to make a reservation contact Stacey Meyer at 707-257-0101 ext. 127 or

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