Last week Rob MacKay wrote a great post on how to write a wine tasting note that hit on some really important and essential elements. He focused on some structural aspects of the tasting note that helped a reader to gain an understanding of how to relate your wine tasting experience beyond the traditional tasting note information. It was really a great post and you should read it.
After Rob published his post we got to thinking about those traditional elements of a wine tasting note. Pretty much what you see, what you smell, what you taste, how it finishes and overall impressions. These are things that are seemingly obvious but, as Rob pointed out, with the potential for thousands of people to see your tasting notes it is probably worth the time to talk about it in some detail.
We decided to write a series of posts on on the more traditional components of writing a tasting note and this is the introductory post. Actually Rob's initial post is the first in the series so this introduction is a bit out of sequence but you get the idea. Our approach is going to be a bit different than most in that we are not only going to write about it but we are going to provide some helpful videos, at least we think they will be helpful, to make it a bit more entertaining and illustrative of some of the ideas, concepts and techniques. We are also going include basic wine tasting technique suggestions (yes there will be video) as part of how to write a wine tasting note. We are going to talk technique alongside how to write a tasting note because we think you can't talk about and write a tasting note without some understanding of how to execute and think about those structural elements you plan to communicate. You have to know how to walk before you run so to speak.
In this series of posts we are going to cover (hyperlinks provided to those posts that are live):
We fully realize that for some readers of PTC this will be rather basic and common knowledge. For others this may be the first time they are learning about some of these ideas and techniques. No matter what your level of wine knowledge and expertise we think you may be able to learn a few things from this series because even the most experienced and knowledgeable might find some of the ideas to be a great refresher or maybe even see them in a different way through our delivery of the material.
The series will start next week and we are anxious to hear your thoughts and feedback as we go through it.
Oh, and thanks for you patience with us the last couple of days when we haven't posted. We fully intend on trying to post at least every other day, if not every day, so it was as frustrating for us as it may have been for you. Or maybe you didn't miss us at all.
Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at you sometimes.