While getting a bit of exercise this morning, I was catching up on some of the wine blogs I enjoy reading when I came across this post by Richard Jennings of “RJ on Wine.com”, wherein he summarizes his tasting notes of 128 from 30 producers at the annual Rhone Rangers tasting in San Francisco a couple of weekends ago. “RJ” is the most prolific wine taster I’ve come across! The man is a wine tasting machine! And what’s more amazing to me, is that he does this while maintaining his “day job” being an HR executive!
I first came across RJ via Cellar Tracker, where according to his blog he holds “the record for most tasting notes (currently over 21,000 and counting)”! Likewise, I use Cellar Tracker to track and review wines. He first came to my attention because as I would post my tasting notes, I would see his name pop up more than a few times because he’d reviewed the same wine. At the time, I was less confident in my ability to taste and write reviews of wine. Yet, I noticed that his scores and mine were comparable most of the time. That gave me some confidence in my ability to taste and review wines. That was well over a year ago. Since then I’ve made a few attempts to quickly summarize my tasting notes when tasting wines at various wine events. It’s very challenging work. And I do mean work! It requires much more discipline and organization than the uninitiated might think.
Nowadays, I find myself a bit conflicted between putting in the work necessary to capture meaningful tasting notes on more than a handful or so of wines, and simply enjoying an event. For the time being, I suppose I’ve settled on a compromise, which is to blog about the most memorable wines. The compromise comes in part because my wife and I attend wine events together, and it would be virtually impossible to both enjoy our time together at the event and put in work. But part of the compromise is also because I simply haven’t acquired all the skills necessary to taste, summarize and recount, as I said, more than 5-10 wines at this point. It’s a work in process, and I’ll get better at it. But I’ll never be an RJ! And that’s OK.
There is a link to “RJ on Wine.com” on my blogroll. Check it out sometime.
In Vino Veritas!