Nose a Full Bouquet
It’s wine season in Edmonton’s Little Italy. For us, that means lotsa trucks carrying grapes down the back alleys. It means the craftier, often older, folk come out to the neighbourhood nosing around, lookin’ for deals on crates of wine grapes. It means that fall is in the air and the harvest is upon us. It means the home brews are a brewin’.
For us as a “flower and tabletop shop”, of course, it takes on multiple meanings. We can’t help the play, on nosing great bouquets. We’ll take them in any form, really. We aren’t picky. Great flowers, great wine, great gatherings with, well, great people. A good day should really include both good wine and lovely flowers, or maybe we should say lovely wine and good flowers?
In wine season, we dust off the crystalline wine glasses in bordeaux, white, prosecco and burgundy. We even have a sale on our wine decanters. But mostly, we enjoy the cool nights with a few fragrant
flowers still in the garden and a good glass of red.
Here’s the real skinny, though on how to nose a full bouquet. Apparently in wine aficionado terms:
Aroma is the fragrance derived from the fresh grapes. So, fruity descriptors belong in that category. Probably also floral, herb and vegetative descriptors. Things that are harvested.
Bouquet is the complexity the aroma takes on by being fermented, barrel aged, bottle aged… It’s the result of everything that happens to the grape after harvest. So, woody and buttery fragrances belong in this category as well as “winey” fermentation aromas and aged characteristics like nutty or leathery. A good, mature wine will have a complex bouquet, a combination of aromas bundled together to form something new.
In flower skinny terms, there’s less agreement. The aromas of new hybrids are weaker, although the lilies, stock, snap dragons and sweet peas still pack first-harvest scents! The bouquets vary. Some are big, Albertan and showy. Some are petite and understated. Some are a crazy mix of the season’s leftovers, while others shine with just-outta-the-ground kinda look. Colours, textures and types ebb with the season, the maker and the recipient. The occasion and the giver dictate the desires. So, yes, they include initial aromas, are coupled with the realities of everyday life, and then are tumbled—maybe even swished—into a bouquet. Ready for nosing, nurturing and moments of care.
We invite you to enjoy our tables, our aromas and generally just nosing around our bouquets. A big cheers, from our table to yours, with a nice handful or glass of red.