I've always wondered how, exactly, people remember anything about wine. Sure, I have a decent grasp of the basic tasting principles, but how on earth do you remember that '96 was a great year for the Bordeaux coming out of Chateau Quelquechose Impressive, and that it should be consumed in March of 2009? I see gimcrack wine notebooks in every boutique-y kitchen goods store in the Bay Area, and I think I've tried to use them on two separate, ambitious occasions -- to no avail. Perhaps that sort of resource is helpful if you frequent tasting rooms, but when I drink wine I am drinking wine and would rather not stop to dissect the experience, or memorize the production notes. I also don't happen to frequent tasting rooms (although I do have an interview to work at one tomorrow -- wish me luck!)
Saturday, August 2
Tyler Balliet at The Second Glass recently reviewed this unique solution to my conundrum: The Note, from Hinckley Cellars. This is a clever metal device designed to help slip that curvy bottle right out of it's little label in no time flat. Clever, or kitschy? Maybe a little bit of both. Instead of using The Note, Tyler takes photos of wine labels with his cell phone: I happen to find this notion nothing less than brilliant (thanks, Tyler). But, if you're really into wine gadgets, check out the video below and get ready to fork over your $65.