Let’s face it. I’m no Joan Miro. Which is why I’m always so impressed by the creative and artistic abilities of others. But lately, I’ve been making the attempt – to sketch while I sip.
Here I was, taking notes of the many different wines along the way, when I suddenly started to notice that words on paper alone weren’t actually helping me remember what it was that I had tasted.
I can usually recall the occasion and the company with which the wine was shared (“A toast to new friends!”) I also typically remember the food that accompanied it. (“Remember that incredible pot roast we made…?”) But after a while, some of the basic information just starts to fade (“What was the name of the producer again?”)
So, one day I started sketching the label alongside my notes. Oh, I don’t spend too much time on it (as you can see). But, it seems to be just enough time to take notice of a few key visual characteristics. This helps me remember. My olfactory and gustatory senses are working all the while, of course 🙂
You see, unlike a sommelier or a wine merchant who handles bottles upon bottles day after day, I only get to see and/or taste a wine sometimes only once. And, I’ll also add that the wine app that allows you to snap a photo of the label wasn’t helping me too much, either.
So, if you see me take out my little red notebook, don’t judge. I’m studying wine by smelling, tasting, doodling … and now remembering! It’s old school, but it works.