While many of the reviews on Another Wine Blog lately fall under my name, both Joe and I taste all the wines and take notes together. We have little notepads all over the house so we can capture our impressions at we taste. The problem for Joe is that once he writes the notes down, I usually “file” the page in a big binder in my home office. And anyone who has visited Chez Another Wine Blog knows that my office is a “bit messy.” So to keep from breaking his leg, Joe rarely ventures into it.
While there are plenty of journals for tasting notes, most of them are either big and cumbersome, or just too fancy to lug around. But we found a great little set of notebooks from the people at Scout Books! Each book has space to record the basics, write your own notes, and to choose color and flavor profiles. (Click on the picture for a close up) That’s pretty standard in a wine journal. But what I really like about them is that at 3.5 x 5 inches, they are thin enough to fit in a shirt pocket, but not so small that they’ll fall out!
Produced in Portland, Oregon, the books are made from 100% recycled paper and use soy-based ink. And the makers say that have added a bit of red wine to the ink just to make the book extra special! They are from the latest release from Dave Selden and 33 Books, who also produced the 33 Beers Scout Book. They come three to a pack for around $12.00, and you can order them from Scout Books.
I plan to keep one of them in my purse, and maybe I’ll even share them with Joe so he doesn’t have to hunt down his review notes, or break a leg in my office!