Aroma therapy is very popular in Sedona. But today I’m going to share a different type of Aroma therapy. Do you ever wonder about all of the scents that people say are in a particular wine? A few years back I had the opportunity to visit an Aroma room at Balasco de Baquedano in Mendoza, Argentina. There were close to 50 aromas. Each different scent was situated in a box on a stand. You’d walk around, open the top of the box, crank for the aroma, and sniff. Aromas like diesel, grass, plum, almonds, citrus, mint, chocolate, cinnamon, etc. were showcased. It truly helped me expand my horizons when sampling the nose of a wine. Many winemakers have little aroma kits, but this was such an amazing experience for those of us that don’t. How many scents can the nose pick up? Well, 10,000 has been the standard number, but now scientists have concluded it can be closer to a trillion! No matter what the number, it's definitely a lot. If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend this experience of Aroma therapy, Mendoza style. Located also in the Aroma room was an interesting section on cork manufacturing.
Balasco de Baquedano offered a luscious wine and food paring lunch, beautifully presented, and overlooking the vineyards. Though I enjoyed many of the wines at other vineyards so much more, including Achaval Ferrer, Vina Cobos, and Trapiche, the experience of the aroma room and luncheon was a vacation highlight.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.