Study aids

I am a great organiser, here are my information gathering sheets, some tools and wine term dictionaries:

  • Country/region/appellation pdf blank,  examples …


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  • Some of the tools I use:
    • Catalogue of vines grown in France – covers varieties, root stocks and clones.
    • Cellar Tracker – searchable dated tasting notes, useful for other opinion on how some wines age.
    • Coravin – a justifiable cost, now that prices are more reasonable, the basic One model suffices. A truly useful tool to evaluate the evolution, at will, of a single bottle with time, and to moderate consumption, if tasting alone or in a very small group – no more need to finish the bottle on the spot, or waste liquid.
    • Guide Hachette, their iphone/ipad app is most useful, with maps and appellation information.
    • Nez du Vin 54 aroma kit – when training my nose, I used to take 10 random bottles to work each day, nowadays it is better educated, but I still refer to the kit regularly. I believe that it is worth paying for the full 54 edition, rather than in 6s and 12s. My only observation, is that it would be of benefit if there was another box for additions, somewhat selfishly, for what I think are missing eg elderflower, gooseberry, guava, mango, pea, peony, raisin …
    • Nez du Vin wine faults – well worth the investment.

Updated 22/03/20

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