Love wine, hate remembering labels? What’s a Foodie to do?
I go out to dinner often and get to taste a lot of new wines with my friends in the process. The ‘always trying new wines’ used to be because I couldn’t remember “that wine we had last time that we all loved.” My memory just isn’t that good. I know the grape varietals and blends that I enjoy and the ones I don’t love so much (Merlot, anyone?) and why, the parts of the world that create the wines I do love. Sometimes if I’m lucky I even remember a favorite winemaker label!
But, I’m confessing here. I’m not that person who has a photographic memory for these things (even after all my years owning restaurants). I don’t necessarily know why enjoyed a particular bottle – just that I know for certain that I wished I could drink whatever “it” was again.
I used to tell people to just take a picture of the bottle label, especially if they were drinking was something they truly enjoyed. I admit that I have a pretty big album on my iPhone of wine bottle labels I’d like to drink again. That was way before all the apps that now allow you to keep track of bottles you like, tell you how much they should cost, and even let you add tasting notes.
I use Vivino which works best for me. I just have to take a picture of the label and up pops everything I want to know about what’s in the bottle. It then saves that info in the app if I want, it even allows me to rate the wine and leave my own tasting notes in the profile. That way I can just go back to the app and see if there’s anything in my list that is offered on the wine list wherever I am. You can even scan the wine list and it will tell you the rating and review of each wine. Pretty cool and it takes up a lot less space than all those photos on my phone!