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Looking for wine tasting forms? Writing down notes or scores of wines you taste has many purposes. For one, they can help you remember the wines you've tasted and you can refer back to them later to remember what you thought of the wine. However, they can also be a critical and integral part of the wine tasting and assessment process. Writing down thoughts and scores forces you to think about the wine, to put into words its characteristics, its charms, its faults. This process helps you get into all the depths of the wine, taking it apart from the inside out.

This process is important both for a wine beginner who is just learning how to assess wine and how to communicate your opinions of a wine AND for an experienced wine lover. Even after years of tasting wine, it still helps to get into the moment and to critically assess a wine if you have to put the experience into words. Sometimes, the emotional aspects of wine appreciation are hard to put into words and you don't have to intellectualize every bit of it. But it can be an opportunity to get a bit poetic. "This red Rhone wine is like a beautiful topless redhead on a tractor…" to paraphrase a description from a Kermit Lynch newsletter. Don't focus just on writing down descriptors (sour, black cherry, pencil lead shavings) of things you smell or taste in the wine. Also try to put into words the wine as a whole, its balance (or lack thereof), its texture, how it makes you feel, even the "personality" of the wine.

Below are a couple wine tasting forms that can help you organize your wine assessments and notes. Print the wine tasting forms up and make as many copies as you need. They are PDF files so you can either download them or just print them up.

Wine Tasting Forms

Basic Wine Tasting Note Template
This is a simple, streamlined version of a wine tasting note sheet with ample room to write your basic impressions and descriptions of each wine. There are sections for the wine's color, nose (aroma) and mouth (flavor and texture) to fully describe the details of a wine. This form just gives you the space, it is up to you to wax poetic about each wine and describe it in a way that someone else could read and get a good sense for what the wine might smell and taste like, its flaws (if any) and its virtues.

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