I came across a new perfume the other day that is inspired by wine: Kelly & Jones in New york City. Their Scent Sommelier Kelly created the Notes of Wine Collection after experiencing the fragrance of her vanilla perfume mingling with Chardonnay at a wine tasting in Napa. The Eau de Parfum is offered in 5 wine-inspired varietals:
A crisp, refreshing unisex blend of yuzu grapefruit, starfruit, green apple and a hint of camellia.
Aromas of fresh-picked white peach, anjou pear, bergamot and raspberry leaf.
This swoon-worthy blend has spicy notes of pink peppercorn, ripe black cherry, and tobacco flower on a gorgeous base of vintage leather.
A smooth, balanced essence and beautiful blend of red currant, mission fig, rhubarb and lovely candied violet
A rich, vibrant and seductive blend of sweet honeydew melon, vanilla blossom and luscious crème brulee all rounded out on a base of toasted oak.
Kelly & Jones suggest that you can either wear each scent on its own, layer them together to create your own vintner’s blend or wear while sipping your favourite glass of wine.
It's an interesting concept as in most cases you are advised not to wear any perfume at all whilst tasting wine as it interferes with the flavours. However if aroma affects wine then surely it is possible that it could do so in a positive manner as well as a negative one? I will have to try it out!
One product that I won't be trying out is the Mazzetti d'Altavilla Essentia Vitae range of wines released last year. These wines feature three varieties, each with a different scent and a different number in a packaging style reminiscent of perfume bottles.
The No. 4 Ruche features a jasmine scent, while No. 6 Malvasia is rose scented and No. 8 Moscato has a violet scent. My problem is that the bottles are really off putting – no matter what the wine tastes like it will still seem as if I am drinking perfume!
What do you think?