01. Start making wine-tasting notes

Even wine connoisseurs may need help to recall the basic details of wines enjoyed at tastings. Suppose you don’t belong to people born with the unique ability of hyperthymesia or other fierce mnemonic skills. In that case, a wine journal might be a valuable tool to improve vinous memory and help you keep track of the information you need to remember. Whatever your writing style is, here are some points that make sense to consider:

January 2023 / Nikos Panidis

01. START MAKING WINE-TASTING NOTES
– The tasting date

– The name of the wine

– The grape composition

– The place of origin

– The vintage

– The producer’s name

– The price

– A description of the wine’s appearance, nose, and palate

– A general conclusion about the quality

It is best to focus on the wine’s most outstanding and meaningful characteristics to provide clear and concise information. Avoid using too many terms/descriptive words that might be overwhelming or confusing.

It is also essential to consider the language style used when describing wines, as it may vary depending on the context in which the wine is being tasted. For example, the language used when tasting wines for a lecture or wine sales may differ from that used when tasting wines at a dinner party. It is essential to choose a language style appropriate for the occasion. In addition, buying a wine book on the subject of tasting or taking a wine course will provide guidance and support as you practice and gain experience in wine tasting (resolutions 02 and 05).

Give it a try; you’ll be surprised at how much you learn and how much fun it is!