Wine journaling is a long-standing tradition among enthusiasts and newcomers alike. It is a fun and permanent way to record your experiences with a particular wine. (Which makes wine journals a fabulous gift.) Journals also make a handy guide when it comes to buying, because who knows which vino you’ll like better than yourself?

Types of Wine Journal

There is likely a different type of journal for every person’s preference. There are small journals meant for tasting trips, large hardcover tomes meant to preserve a lifetime of experimentation, and everything in between. Here are some general tips for picking out the journal that is right for you.

  • Pocket Journals: These are usually smaller with more flexible covers and binding. They are typically carried in a shirt or pants pocket during tasting trips and tours. What they sacrifice in space and detail, they make up for in convenience. Many enthusiasts will transcribe their pocket journals into more elegant and sturdy journals after a trip.
  • Notebooks: This type is generally a little more sturdy with both soft and hardbound options. Some come with fun cover options like colorful plastic laminate or cork. They come in a range of different sizes and have some interesting cataloging charts to map everything from color, taste, and aromas. Many wine notebooks also contain a guide to pairings and general facts about particular wines to get the newcomer started.
  • Leather Journals and Dossiers: These are usually the high-end choice for the lifetime connoisseur. Large and hardbound, sometimes with intricate cover details, leather wine journals provides ample space for notation. Many have a special space to save wine labels, turning them into an elegant scrapbook and memoir. Dossiers are usually the more detailed in terms of recording methods, and often have a space to annotate wine cellar conditions as well as the wine itself.

A Word on Preserving Labels

Many private journalists like to save the labels of the wines they have enjoyed. There are many purported ways of doing this, though the methods may not be successful. Luckily, efficient wine label removers do exist. They are made from a specific type of adhesive that, when used properly, will lift the label from the bottle in one piece.

If you do not have a journal with room to display wine label removers, or perhaps just want to save the labels without journaling, you can find wine label albums. Much like flip-book photo albums we use to show off family pictures, these albums can be used to display favorite wine labels. They make a great addition to journaling and an interesting table book while entertaining.