Drinking Wine and Taking Notes

Drinking Wine and Taking Notes

On why I use a pen and paper when I'm around a glass of wine

Drinking wine and taking notes



Since I started telling people about our plans to make leather notebooks for wine enthusiasts, many warned me not to expect too much of it, because "everything is digital nowadays". Well, I happily agree that a smartphone is a handy thing to have around when diving into wine. There are awesome apps to help you buy or store wine or for finding and sharing information on wine. I use a few of them quite frequently myself. But when it comes to tasting wine and taking notes, I try to leave my phone in my pocket. For a reason.

One of the most important lessons I learned about taking notes on wine comes from a pro. "Unless of course it is...", she told me, "...try not to taste wine as if it were your profession". The lesson there is that when a pro writes down stuff about wine, his or her intention is to objectify it. Decompose, determine, compare, classify and qualify. Now, you may want to do that too, but most likely when you and I take notes, it's about what we do or do not like in a wine. And that is anything but objective. In fact it doesn't get much more personal than that. So I leave my smartphone in my pocket when I taste wine, because all I can find on it is facts and other people's opinions. And these can only interfere with my own personal findings.

It's about what we do or do not like in a wine. And it doesn't get more personal than that.

In this blog I intend to write about two subjects - or invite others to do so. The first is about finding ways to write down stuff about wine that help the enthusiast determine what they like. And yes, it will be about color and about aromas and also about the structure of wine. But it will not be about fifty shades of red or 27 types of berries. As much as I can I will come up with tips and tricks that will help you determine what it is exactly that you do or do not like in a wine. That will make your notes more valuable to yourself and will also make it easier -or less intimidating ;-) - to talk to others about wine and share your experiences. The second subject will be about wine apps for your smartphone. There are a lot of them on the market. Some of them are really cool, some are useful for a specific purpose and some only try to sell you the wine its makers have on stock. It will be reviews of my own experiences with these tools. I will try them all for you and let you know what I think. So that hopefully none of us will have to end up having twenty or so different icons on our phones. Anyway, it's good to have you here and hope to see you again soon. Do check in every now and then to see if there's something new!



  1. François Veauville François Veauville

    Seems you're in good company. Have you read Master Sommelier Scott Carney @Bottlenotes http://bit.ly/1KSnueV ? Scott Carney is a master sommelier who has been tasting wine for over 35 years and teaches the Intensive Sommelier Training class at International Culinary Center. is As such, he is often asked how people new to wine should approach the experience. The first words out of Scott’s mouth are often that, “You have to trust your own palate and know that we are all on a personal learning curve.” His basic assumption, like The Daily Sip®’s, is what you like is what’s right for you.

  2. Mark Groen Mark Groen

    Hulde Wilfred en Grace, erg leuk! Mooi materiaal, feelgood teksten, ik hou jullie in de gaten voor exclusieve cadeau's voor dito leveranciers! Veel succes, hartelijke groet!

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