They say that 80% of what you taste comes through what you’re smelling. I often smell a wine more than I taste it (at least at first) to get as much from the wine just through smell – I love picking out what fruit I’m smelling, how much and what kind of earth and mineral are coming through, and then seeing if the palate matches the nose.
So it makes total sense that you’d make candles based on wine aromas, which is exactly what Estancia has done. Went to a cool event last night where we had their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay next to their candles based on the scents of each wine. Plus, we got to make our own potpourri. Obviously, I was going to try to make a Pinot Noir scented one.
One of the most telling signs that a wine is Pinot when you’re smelling it is a cherry scent, so I put in some black cherry potpourri into my satchel. Then I added a dash of raspberry (I would’ve gone for cranberry which is a more common Pinot fruit, but they didn’t have that). Then I added a dash of oak, which is what Pinot is aged in, and some cedar box and clove which you might get from an older Pinot.
I took a sniff and there seemed to be a little too much sweet fruit. Dayna Decker, who created the candle scents for Estancia, agreed and told me to add some green apple – this isn’t at all a Pinot aroma, but she said it would neutralize the sweet raspberry scent and she was totally right. I gave the satchel a shake and sniffed again – it all combined to make an earthy Pinot scent, sort of fruit-forward but masculine. Dayna said it was her favorite out of all the ones she’d smelled so far (totally bragging here haha).
Estancia’s assistant winemaker Rebecca Nelson and I were noting how it was super cool to see how blending different scents is really similar to blending a wine. I’ve been to blending sessions before and they’re so much harder than I would’ve ever imagined, and I’ve actually only done it with different clones of the same grape to add textures and mouthfeel to a wine rather than just focusing on fruit. Next up I want to try it with different grapes, although I guess I should try to just master the same-grape blend first.
You can buy your own Estancia Dayna Decker candles here – $44 each or $80 for the pair. Great for a holiday party or grapey gift-giving! As for the grapefriend Pinotpourri, that’s one of a kind!