What’s your one thing for 2016?

Happy New Year!

If you are like me, you have been diligently setting up your goals and projects for 2016. I have a number of things I’d like to accomplish in the new year, but my big hairy, scary goal is to pass my first blind tasting exam as part of a Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 course. I’m terrified.


This will be my third wine certification exam, but the first that includes blind tasting, identifying a wine based solely on your senses. I feel comfortable learning wine theory, but trusting my senses is a whole other ball game.

As I started to plan out how I would successfully tackle this challenge, I realized that my tasting notes are a mess. Some are on paper, some are in Evernote, but they aren’t organized and it is difficult to see how I am progressing in my training. My theory notes are in impeccable order, but I haven’t focused on tasting. Clearly, I need a better system.

I haven’t finalized all the pieces to this puzzle yet, but (surprise) Evernote is the backbone. This weekend I am creating a tasting note template and a naming convention to organize the notes. I’m also building a grid to track what I tasted and when so I can see what I still need to test on, or revisit from an unsuccessful tasting.  Having a system and a plan that I can easily access is already making me feel more confident and I’m looking forward to successfully leaping this next hurdle in my wine education.

What’s your big hairy goal for 2016 and what tools are you using to succeed? I’d love to hear what you are aiming for and how you are planning to get there.

Cheers to an amazing 2016!


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