Wine-tasting notes should be the most useful tips to see before you buy a bottle of wine. In the past 10 years, wine-tasting notes have shifted more to consumer ratings that tend to be less biased. However, there is no standard for writing wine-tasting notes. This guide will help you write more useful and accurate wine- tasting notes.
First things first, to write great notes, it’s essential to make sure that your taste buds are receiving all the nuances of a wine. For some tips, check out Geek Technique on How to Taste Red Wine. You also might like to take a look at The Basic Wine Guide.
How to Write Excellent Wine -asting Notes
Wine aromas fall under three general categories:
Knowing where different wine aromas or bouquets come from will help you become better at writing your wine notes.
TIP: When you write down flavours, try to list the most obvious ones first, helping create a hierarchy of importance.
What you mention first is important. For instance, “Blackberry and Pepper” sounds more fruit-forward than “Pepper and Blackberry.”
Also, try to include an adjective with your notes. Is it fresh pepper or dried pepper? Is it raspberry jam or tart, underripe raspberry? This specificity will help you to hone in on details about wine.
Also, don’t be scared of writing something that might sound a little silly. These notes are just for you, after all!
Have you ever noticed that when you first taste a wine, you can’t tell if you like it right away? It takes a second for you to get the full impression of the wine; you’re waiting for the finish — that moment after the flavour dissipates. The finish is often the defining moment of wine; it can be the difference between the humdrum and spectacular. Here is a basic list of different types of finishes on a wine. You might keep these in mind as general profiles the next time you’re wine tasting. They are instrumental in identifying what you like in a wine.
Will this system make wine-tasting notes devoid of voice and art? There might be a way to add your style to the mix. Here are two examples, one is a bad note, and the other one is pretty close to useful.
If you’re interested in improving your ability to taste wine, the most important step is to get yourself into the mindset of actively tasting wine every time you open a new bottle. We created a tasting mat set that will give you a consistent format in which to write your notes.