So much has already been written about how to taste wine that it would be presumptuous of me, a relative newcomer to the art, to tell people how to do it and how to record it. But today, I said to myself, “It’s about time you stopped tasting wines and delaying until the next day to record your impressions.” Sometimes I immediately scribble a few words about color and finish and all those other things in between. But if one really wants to be serious about communicating to other people about what one’s senses are saying, the use of an organized approach is far better. So today, I sat down with Google Documents and produced this Wine Tasting Notes form for me to use from now on. I am now struggling to make it available to all on the web so here goes. Hopefully you’ll be able to see the ISRAELWINETASTER.COM WINE TASTING NOTES in order to get more pleasure out of your wine tasting experience. Incidentally the form is a work-in-progress. If, as, and when you have suggestions for additions, subtractions and/or modifications, send them to me in an email (listed below). Much of the terminology and descriptions come from the excellent Oxford Companion of Wine available on line at the Jancis Robinson web site “For People Who Love Wine.”
There are different types of wine tastings. Hey, there’s the horizontal wine tasting where you drink until you are horizontal and vertical wine tasting where you drink until, like the astronauts, you are sent vertically off into space. Why not add a third dimension and call it the longitudinal wine tasting. You don’t need a bunch of people or a bunch of wines to do this kind of tasting. You can do it alone and with one bottle of wine at a time. It is a time sequenced tasting in that you re-taste the same wine, perhaps years later, and fill out the form a second time. For instance, this would be useful when you come back to taste the same wine that has been stored in your wine cellar, perhaps a year or more later. Do a blind longitudinal tasting by only looking at the old form for comparison purposes after you have filled out the new form.
Another of its uses can be to keep a log of the wines you’ve tasted and be able to refer back to them to see what you thought of them in the past. This might be useful to decide whether or not to buy more of any one wine when the time comes in the future. You can also use the form to do a digital remote circular wine tasting by two or more of you many miles apart, tasting, recording, and then comparing what you wrote on your forms by emailing them to each other.
Note that I have also invented a new system of grading wines. The form includes this “improved”, patent-pending israelwinetaster.com wine grading system. I invite you to use it and send me suggestions for changes. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org