The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That

by Richard Betts, Wendy MacNaughton and Crystal English Sacca
A Master Sommelier introduces the basics of wine through scratch-and-sniff stickers.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544005037
  • ISBN-10: 0544005031
  • Pages: 22
  • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 20

About the book
Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time. Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.
About the author
Richard Betts

RICHARD BETTS has been featured in the New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Outside, GQ, and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country. He is the founder of two wine companies, Betts & Scholl and Scarpetta, that have won top praise from leading wine publications. He is also the founder and president of Sombra Mezcal and Tequila Astral, and his newest wine ventures include Saint Glinglin Bordeaux, My Essential Red, and My Essential Rosé.


"Smart, fun, enlightening, and refreshingly free of snobbery."

Real Simple

"The master sommelier Richard Betts’s clever new scratch-and-sniff book is likely to broaden the novice’s appreciation of wine, explaining how aromas relate to different varietals.... A useful chart that ties bouquets to wines is tucked inside."

—Florence Fabricant for The New York Times

"Fiendishly clever."

Food & Wine