The Moleskine Wine Journal came in a plush presentation box of claret red (also comes in other colours) which is a good nod to the theme of wine. On the outside it badges itself as ‘Space for wine lovers to document every glass’ and doesn’t disappoint with 400 pages available to record your wine encounters and create your own personalised wine guide. As an avid wine drinker and very amateur sommelier I was excited to receive this product to review. It is definitely targeted at an individual with a love of wine and creating memories from their own wine experiences.
The book is of high quality and typical of Moleskine products with a claret red leather binding similar to the presentation case. On the front was the embossed text of ‘Wine Journal’ and an embossed corkscrew logo which is in keeping with a theme of simple elegance. The pages of made of acid-free paper and there are two ribbon bookmarks to ensure you don’t lose your place. The reader first has the opportunity to complete a page of their personal details typical of any diary. What following are 6 pages of useful information on the process of winemaking, the types of wine glass, typical wine and food pairings and a glossary detailing some of the adjectives you may wish to use to describe your tasting experience and complete your own tasting notes. I think the introduction pages are a great addition as they help set the scene and the tone of the book however they are fairly brief given this is not a non-fiction book on wine. The bulk of the book is made up of six tabbed sections which enable the user to record all their wine-tasting experiences, notes and opinions in groups according to type of wine. These sections cover the expected categories of sparkling, white, rose and red however also cover fortified and sweet wines and there is an additional section for spirits. Overall this therefore creates a very comprehensive book to record all you tasting encounters whether good or bad. I really like the idea of this book, in that it simply allows the reader to jot brief notes down of what the wine was, what the suggested ideal pairing was (presumably by reading the back of the bottle), recording when, where and whom you drank it with and then following with your brief tasting notes and overall opinion. The book comes with some stickers which add to novelty value and you may wish to use these to record your experience (for example with a thumbs up) or indicate the special occasion that took place (for example with a birthday present).
The product itself is a diary for wine lovers and I think it is a very good one at that. Whilst shiny and new it looks like it will stand up to years of use and create a fantastic record of one’s wine experience which can be treasured and shared with family, friends and subsequent generations who love wine as much as you.
For anyone who loves wine, not just drinking, but the whole experience of tasting, I would recommend this product and give it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. I think it would make a great gift for any wine lovers or a treat for yourself.
This product can be purchased from Moleskine here.