This year, I encourage you to keep a small notebook near where you usually drink wine at home. Nothing fancy or obtrusive just a place to write down the winery, wine, vintage and whether you liked it or not. As the year moves forward you may start to add to your descriptions ideas like good finish or more descriptions about each wine.
Also, write down what you served with the wine (if anything). It is often said wine is about a place and a specific time in that place. Usually this is speaking of the vineyard and the climatic conditions of the vintage. I would counter that the other end of the product life cycle is equally important.
Once you get the hang of the notebook in your kitchen or dining room, take the idea on the road. You will be surprised the detailed attention you receiving in winery tasting rooms when you pay attention and take notes.
Trust me if you keep a notebook of wines for two months, you will learn a great deal about the wines and vintages you like and those you don’t like.
Thank you for your membership and, as always, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your Virginia Wine Journey.
Editor, Virginia Wine Journal
Chairman, Virginia Wine Club Tasting Panel