An Introduction to Wine : Keeping a Wine Journal
How to Keep a Wine Journal
Whether you are a budding or seasoned wine enthusiast, you've likely already encountered a vexing problem. You're trying to remember a great wine that you really enjoyed, but cannot recall the winery, the vintage, or perhaps even the grape varieties. The solution to this problem is to keep a wine journal. A wine journal is a simple notebook in which you catalogue each wine you taste, recording details such as the producer, vintage, and tasting notes. This will help build your appreciation of wine as well as allow you to quickly flip through your journal and recall excellent wines you have tasted.
Purchase a Wine Journal
Consider a regular notebook for use as a wine journal.The most economical option is to buy a standard spiral-bound ruled notebook. These notebooks are very inexpensive, and you can organize your tastings chronologically by simply recording each wine on the next free page.
Purchase a ringed binder for increased organization.Another option is to purchase a ringed binder with a set of dividers. This will allow you to group wines by style or region; for example, you could have separate tabs for reds, whites, and rosé.
Look for specially designed wine journals.These are more expensive than blank notebooks, but include pre-printed spaces for recording information about each wine. A popular and widely available wine journal is available from Moleskin in their "Passions" series of notebooks.
Record Wine Tastings in the Journal
Paste the wine label into the wine journal.One of the most enjoyable aspects of keeping a wine journal is being able to save the label from each bottle. Wine labels can usually be removed by baking the bottle in the oven for a bit and then peeling the label away with a razor blade.
Record each wine's basic information.At the top of each page, you'll want to record the wine's vineyard, vintage, and grape varieties. These are the most important pieces of information if you'll want to hunt the same wine down later for a second tasting.
Record the circumstances in which you tasted the wine.You may also want to record the date that you sampled the wine and with whom you tasted it. This will allow you to organize the wine journal chronologically and can help you remember a certain wine based on where and when you consumed it.
Make tasting notes on each wine.Of course, this is the chief reason to keep a wine journal. Record any thoughts on the wine's bouquet, mouthfeel, taste, finish, and appearance. If the flavor reminds you of another wine, make a note of that association. Most importantly, take notes on whether or not you enjoyed the wine.
- Tasting wines with friends and family members is helpful when keeping a wine journal, as others may pick out flavor characteristics that you missed when tasting on your own.
- If you need to build your vocabulary for describing a wine's flavor, you can find extensive lists of possible flavor notes through a quick online search.
Video: Wine Journal Mini
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