How many times have you scribbled down a tasting note on a napkin only to lose it before it could actually come in handy? Or perhaps you’ve found a pile of them at the bottom of a bag; crumpled, useless and forlorn…
Hopefully those days are coming to an end, as the new tech toy for wine lovers has appeared in the form of Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)’s Tasting App.
And unlike other wine apps, which claim to guide the user like a pocket sommelier, this product allows the sommelier, wine student or simply engaged drinker to build up their own catalogue of detailed notes.
The free app available from iTunes or Google Play is built around the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine – and guides the user through the step-by-step note-taking process so observations are kept consistent, with excellent logging tips.
The methodology breaks wine down into appearance, nose, palate and conclusion, using universal wine terminology. Users have the opportunity to record essential information for each wine, or taste blind.
A quick tour of the app shows how easily it can be used; with minimal sign-up time required before you can access all its capabilities and a combination of symbols and scales making the note-taking process engaging and fun.
Of course, manual fields are also available for flavour and aroma characteristics, and you can even add a picture to each tasting note, in the unlikely event you need to jog your memory any further.