It is easy to get stuck in a rut when giving a gift to a wine enthusiast. Of course, a nice bottle of wine is always appreciated but there can be problems for the gift giver. It's hard to know which wine another person will enjoy and appreciate. You also don't want to give the same type of gift as most other people will give. For an unusual wine gift, a wine tasting journal would be a lovely and useful idea.
A wine tasting journal is very useful, especially to new wine enthusiasts. A wine journal helps you to keep track of which wines you have tried and what they think of them. Many people will also make note of what foods they were eating with the wine and whether they paired well or not. By keeping records of these combinations, it will help you in selecting the perfect wine to go with any meal.
Often wine enthusiasts prefer a small journal that they can easily take with them in a pocket. This way they can record the names of wines that they taste at restaurants or while traveling. They can also record which foods were served and how they felt about the pairings. This allows the wine enthusiast to write their impressions as they feel them so they don't forget or leave out details later on.
How the person will use the wine tasting journal is personal to them. Some people merely make a note of the name and year of the wine along with the foods they were paired with. Other people will be more detailed and include their feelings and thoughts as they were drinking the wine. A wine journal can be as intimate and poetic as a diary to the wine enthusiast.
You can find wine tasting journals at various online stores and sometimes in your local wine shop. They can be quite plain or be very sophisticated with leather bindings and parchment pages. This will depend on what you plan on spending, as well as the tastes of the recipient. Obviously a leather bound journal will be higher priced than one that's covered with cardboard but it would be a very sophisticated option.
If you have a difficult time finding just the right wine tasting journal, you could always create one for that special person. You can find lovely bound notebooks at most bookstores that would work. As with purchasing wine tasting journals, there are a wide variety of plain journals available in all price ranges. You can personalize your gift by adding photos or artwork to the front. An elegant bookmark would add to this gift, as well.
Next time you are looking for a gift for a wine lover, think beyond the usual bottle of wine. A wine tasting journal will give the person many years of pleasure and usefulness. Every time they use their new journal to record or review their wine tasting experiences, they will remember the thoughtfulness of your gift.