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Wine Tasting Notebook Diary – February 14, 2008
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I discovered the DeLong Wine Tasting Note form some time ago and it immediately became my top choice. I've passed it out to students, used it in my own tasting group, and more. The form is just about perfect, and I'm a huge fan. Not only is it pre-printed, it offers you choices that you can circle (e.g. color: youthful, some age, aged). I use these forms all the time. I may not be a beginner, but I really like having a uniform way to write notes and descriptions for wines.
I didn't know it at the time I acquired this notebook, but the pages inside are the tasting note form I rave about. This alone makes the notebook a perfect tool for the wine student--whether beginner, advanced, or expert.
What makes this notebook a solid winner is its inserts. There are two copies (at least in mine) of a quarter-folded page with information on both sides. One side contains a version of a wine aroma wheel, broken down by category (e.g. tree fruits, citrus fruits) with examples (e.g. apple) and wines that commonly feature the aroma (e.g. Riesling). The other side features a detailed explanation of how to taste wine and use the tasting note form in a meaningful way. The fact that these pages are sort of laminated yet take up very little space is the icing on the cake.
Right now, I cannot imagine using any other tasting notebook, and I would call it a "required text" for any wine appreciation course.
The bulk of the book is made up of blank tasting forms. These forms are among the best that I've seen to help a wine drinker really reflect on and capture thoughts on a particular wine. In terms of the layout of the forms and the information presented (or requested), this book succeeds admirably. However, I have to question the practicaility of the book. While these forms may work for a wine tasting in the home, how many people are going to carry the form with them, let alone carry the whole book? As we've moved to more digital-based lives (hello, iPhone), I'm afraid that carrying a wine-tasting form or a book of forms may be a bit ... um ... 20th Century? That said, if these forms were offered in an iPhone application, I would probably be very quick to buy that app.
Finally, at the end of the book are a series of simple tasting terms broken down by large categories and with references to wine to which the terms might apply. At first, I sort of brushed these pages aside, but upon greater reflection, I realized that they are a very important part of the book and can be very useful to help a wine drinker begin to accumulate a vocabulary to use to describe wines. These pages are a sort of underappreciated gem hidden in the back of the book.
So, while I think highly of the forms and the tasting terms (less so the introduction), I'm just not sure that in the era of smartphones this book is terribly practical.Read more ›
This tasting notebook does a great job of first explaining the components of the tasting. First the color hue, depth and clarity. Next, the aroma. Taste is broken down into dryness/sweetness, body, acidity, tannins, flavor intensity and finish. The notebook also provides space for info about food pairings. Not only can a wise wine lover appreciate the depth of this wine tasting notebook, but it gives wine novices a chance to learn why they really love or hate a wine.
I have taken this wine notebook with me on several wine tasting trips and every time, people ask me how they can buy one.
The real treat? A wonderful, color, pull-out of wine tasting terms. For example, what does it mean when someone describes a wine as floral? What does it mean if a wine is corked? I heard someone describe the terroir. What on "earth" is that? The bottom line: This wine tasting notebook is a wonderful steal and provides amazing insight into wine tasting terms that you hear being used every day.
You won't be disappointed by this wine tasting notebook. Buy one (or ten) for yourself or as gifts. Not only will it take your wine tasting to the next level, it will make everyone envious of you and everything you know about tastings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect little notebook to record different wines. I also purchased the book Wine Folly to learn more about wine, but this notebook is pretty great even for people just getting... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skylar T.
Great tool for new wine drinkers. I've been getting more into wine the last year and thought this would be a useful tool to figure out what i like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mitch Wilson
easy to use, quite similar to WSET tasting format, big love!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this thing! It's not only a journal, but it gives you a lot of the verbiage and explanations that help you learn more about wine. It gets you looking at wine more in depth.Published 3 months ago by CaliBee
This is a great complement to the Wine Bible and helps newer tasters to hone their understanding of how wines express themselves thru your senses. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dwight L. Short
Perfect! Also , it has included a explanation of how to identify the different flavours while tasting winePublished 6 months ago by Alejandra
MAKE SURE TO SELECT "HARD COVER" and not "diary." I mistakingly ordered the diary the 2nd time around and was displeased with the quality. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Malory D.