I’ve had emails recently asking for tips for better aroma finding.
Every few months I do a tasting night with some friends. In advance, we agree on a grape, a category, and a couple of price points. Last time it was Australian cabernet. The first time was Chardonnay (which should have been narrower) and then old world Vs new world pinot.
The eureka moment for me comes when you have two similar wines which noticeably share characteristics but one has a distinct difference. Perhaps it’s a vegetal note that in isolation becomes immediately apparent compared to the rest of the similar characteristics.
Aside from anything else this is also some of the most fun you get out of wine. So pick a region and a grape. Choose one wine that’s ok the £6-8 category and another that’s maybe £15-20.
The narrower you can go the better when starting out so you can start to identify where the similarities are as well as the differences.
Perhaps an aligoté taste off?