I am a great organiser, here are my information gathering sheets, some tools and wine term dictionaries:
- Country/region/appellation pdf blank, examples …
- Variety pdf blank.
- Some of the tools I use:
- Guide Hachette, their iphone/ipad app is most useful, with maps and appellation information.
- Nez du Vin 54 aroma kit – I take 10 random bottles to work each day. I believe that it is worth paying for the full kit, 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 – worth the investment.
- My own natural aroma kit – I use this to help keep my nose in tune.
- My analysis of aromas and flavours in current usage – understanding tasting note esoterica.
- Cellar Tracker – searchable dated tasting notes, useful for other opinion on how some wines age.
- Dictionaries of wine terms
- My French.
- My German.
- My Italian, and a fuller dictionary, but less detailed in places.
- Speaking pronunciation dictionary, local speakers help improve your pronunciation to be better understood in the field eg Aix-en-Provence, apfelsäure, Auch, Banyuls, chaîne d’embouteillage, imbottigliato, Laon, Montrachet, Penedès, Perigeuex, Rias Baixas, Reims, Troyes …
- Free online translator, quite good for obscure words.
- Free online translator, more useful for general translation, or checking your own.