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Keeping a Wine Journal

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Wine Journal
Wine journals are a fun way to capture the memories of tasting new wines and chronicle your favorites. No matter how great your memory is, the wonder is in the details when it comes to wine. You need to record images and notes of the wines you taste in the present in order to know which ones to choose in the future! That way, you can repeat stellar experiences and skip the unappealing ones the next time around.

The smell of a new journal is wonderful, with crisp, empty pages that beckon to be filled. Before you dig in to creating your new journal, envision how you want to use it. You can organize your wine journal into the monthly themes of a wine of the month club or even types of wine. Some opt to have two wine journals, one for white wines and the other for red wines. Yet another way they can be organized is likes and dislikes.

Although most people only choose to journal about wines they found especially tasty, others like to chronicle experiences, even if the wines were not favorites. Wines from a special vineyard or recommendations from a revered sommelier are just some things that may lead to future wine of the month club selections that make journaling about all of your wine tastings a good idea.

Removing the label

You need to be able to remove your wine labels without damaging them in order to create an aesthetically pleasing scrapbook. Just words on paper won’t cut it when your wine club provides special wines with carefully designed labels that deserve to be preserved. Nearly all liquor stores and vineyards sell wine label removers. If you prefer to do it a more raw, do-it-yourself kind of way, there are other options.

Bake Method
Bake your wine bottles for an easy removal method. Yes, you want to make sure the bottles are empty of wine first! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the bottle in only until it’s hot, but do not leave them in longer than 10 minutes. This should soften the adhesive that sticks the label to the side of the bottle. Slowly, use an oven mitt to remove the bottle. Then use great care and slow precision to remove the label. The wine label should come right off at this point.

Microwave Method
Another method is to use a microwave for heating, saving electricity. This method is especially good for single bottles, were as baking in an oven is best for a few bottles at a time. Here’s a link to a great video that shows how to set up the microwave method. Do NOT use the microwave method with wine bottles that have metallic labels, as this is a fire hazard.

Once you’ve removed your intact wine label, it’s time to place it in your journal. Use the old leftover adhesive on the label, double-sided scrapbook tape, or other acid-free adhesive to preserve the label. Let your creativity soar and add your descriptions. Happy tasting!

Or… go digital and use a wine journal app. Take a picture of the label instead!