I Taught Myself About Wine With PowerNotes


It's okay to admit it.

You don’t know if you just like that wine or if it’s a good wine. And I have some great news - if you like it, it is a good wine!


But really.

While I am a regular when it comes to consuming wine, I realized that I don’t know much about the lingo, process, differences, how to pair, or the history and future of wine.

Why are white wines and red wines served in different types of glasses? What makes some wines so sweet? How do you determine what wine to pair with a dish?

Obviously this stuff isn’t essential to my day-to-day life, but I wanted to know - especially after I watched a recent Bumble date stick their nose into a glass of red and vigorously inhale for a few breaths. 


Using PowerNotes, I created a “Wine 101” project. From there, I created some basic topics and began some surface level research.

As I dove deeper into certain corners of the wine world, I created more and more topics and rearranged all the info I gathered into more specific topics.


In the end I had a nice, clean outline of all my work - quotes, my annotations, and links back to my sources.

I felt like I had written my own little wine story!

If I was a blogger (which I'm not), I would have a great draft/outline to start writing my post. 

Instead, I now know enough "wine speak" to sound slightly cooler at dinner parties and to not look vacantly at the waiter when I order.


Here are some useful, fun, and obscure, things that I learned:

  • The oldest (known) winery, was not discovered to be in Italy or France, but in Armenia.
  • Since women have a finer sense of smell, they tend to make for better wine tasters than men.
  • What should you pair with Mac & Cheese? Chardonnay.
  • Eiswein is a type of wine made from frozen grapes.
  • The term ‘tannin’ refers to textures, specifically the dryness left in your mouth after a sip.
  • The future of wine? Two words: box wine.
  • To keep the heat of your hand from interfering with the wine, a wine glass should always be held by the stem.