The first thing you learn in wine education is how much you don\u2019t know about wine. The second thing you learn is the value of scent and the ability to smell.\r\n\r\nIn his book, Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent, famous Herm\u00e8s perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena says, \u201cPerfume is a story in odors, sometimes a poetry of memory.\u201d The term \u201codor\u201d is similar in the world of wine. Every wine has a distinct odor, but the scent imbeds itself in our memory.\r\n\r\nPersonal fragrance is a no-no in the world of judging wine, as it interferes with others\u2019 ability to evaluate aromas. As a lover of fragrance as much as wine, this has been the hardest part of my journey.\r\n\r\nI\u2019m a fragrance junkie. I\u2019ve amassed a collection that rivals a small boutique. I have books written by the best \u201cnoses\u201d in the fragrance business. Yet, I\u2019m not allowed to wear their creations any time wine is involved.\r\n\r\nEvery tasting I attend is a dilemma. It only took one time where someone asked if I was wearing fragrance for me to realize the error of my ways.\r\n\r\nFragrance is part of my daily uniform. If I don\u2019t wear it, I feel something is missing.\r\n\r\nMy first scent memory is my mother\u2019s perfume. I associate Estee Lauder\u2019s Private Collection with her. The scent gives me comfort. It calms me every time I smell it.\r\n\r\nI remember playing with my grandmother\u2019s Chanel No. 5 as a child, notes of jasmine heady in my nose and in her space. I wear these scents to be connected with these women. Fragrance is part of my daily uniform. If I don\u2019t wear it, I feel something is missing.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve studied fragrance\u2014its chemistry, flowers, essences, components and notes\u2014for more than a decade, which has helped in wine tasting. In wine, we not only understand where the grapes were grown, but how they were picked, pressed, aged and stored. In fragrances, my nose can tell the difference between natural and synthetics scents, and it\u2019s been useful in understanding wine faults.\r\n\r\nHowever, owing to my love of wine, I\u2019ve discovered that there\u2019s a method to wear fragrance incognito. First, avoid anything too floral. All honeysuckle, tuberose, and oud scents are too powerful. Vanilla can be too sweet. A powdery jasmine and iris can be worn, but only if they\u2019re not applied to pulse points, and just one spritz.\r\n\r\nWine is similar to personal fragrance. It all starts with the nose.\r\n\r\nCurrently, only Lubin\u2019s Nuit de Longchamp has passed the wine-tasting fragrance contest.\r\n\r\nMy fragrances represent a personal journey. There\u2019s Fragonard\u2019s Belle Ch\u00e9rie that I picked up when I led beauty tours to Paris. There\u2019s Christian Dior\u2019s Oud Ispahan scent that took me down an oud journey. My beloved Roja Dove Amber Oud can still bring tears to my eyes, as it reminded me of getting engaged in Egypt.\r\n\r\nWine is similar to personal fragrance. It all starts with the nose. In wine, the nose guides our initial thoughts on whether to take the first sip, and then several more. Fragrance is the same. At first whiff, we determine whether we like it, or if it\u2019s too floral, musky, heavy or soft. In the first application, we determine if it\u2019s a keeper. It\u2019s a visceral and emotional connection.