Some people say they don’t like wine because “it tastes like it smells.” That’s a surprisingly astute observation. Flavor is the sum of all the sensations we take in when eating and drinking. Smell, taste, texture and temperature are all components, but smell dominates to the point that many wine professionals refer to taste mainly to confirm the impressions of their noses. If you want to be a better wine taster but worry your sense of smell is not up to snuff, never fear. Even though smelling is more important than tasting, those with a muted sense of smell shouldn’t give up. Most likely, you haven’t been trained to recognize what you smell, and almost everyone will improve with practice. Though you may not want to devote time to cultivating a sommelier’s breadth of knowledge and experience, smell and taste are continually renewed throughout our lives. Some people are “supertasters,” who have more sensitive senses, but that’s not a prerequisite for being a great judge of wine. Everyone has fresh, vivid memories of different smells: roses, violets, cedar, gas stations, blueberries, fresh oranges, and curry, to name a few. The ability to name a smell and harness an association through memory is one of the keys to tasting and describing wine. Here’s a short tutorial to get you on the grape-lined path to wine drinking bliss: a wine tasting workout in five steps and some key vocabulary words to help you talk the talk as you drink the drink. Wine tasting workout     1. Prep: Don’t confuse your nose Avoid wearing perfume or aftershave and move away from people who are. A nose, and specifically its sense of smell, tire quickly. Sniff something neutral, like your sleeve, and give your schnoz a breather.     2. Swirl and sniff  Hold the stem of the glass near the bottom and swirl the wine by drawing small circles on the table. This releases more aromatic compounds by mixing them with air. The swirling also dissipates some of the less agreeable notes that might be present at first pour. Next, hold the glass at an angle with your nose just below the rim. If you’re too deep in the glass, you’ll lose some nuance of the more delicate scents, or with a high alcohol wine you