Dear Diary—Keeping a Wine-Tasting Journal
After pouring and tasting a glass of wine—there is still one thing left to do: Translate the experience into words and record it.
A wine diary or tasting journal—an all-in-one-place to organize impressions, keep track of favorites, and record food and wine pairings—also jogs the memory when making future wine purchases. Any little notebook will do. Just make sure it fits in your purse or pocket so it's on hand at your next grape destination.
First, note the basics, including varietal, producer, and vintage. Record price, date, and occasion. Add your overall rating, from 1 to 10.
Pen comments on color, aroma, and flavor. Was it balanced? What did you taste? What did it remind you of? And remember: There is no right and no wrong in a wine journal. What you write is just between you and the wine!