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DIY Wine Tasting Books

It’s common to give your guests a bottle of wine to go home with after a wine tasting party, but offering them a tasting book as a gift will keep the party going long after you all say your goodbyes. They can jot down their thoughts on how each wine tastes and smells (see below for tips you can provide!), giving them something to refer to every time they head out to pick up a new bottle. And at a cost of under $3 per book, you need very little money—not to mention very little crafting skill or time—to put these tasting books together.

It is also nice to provide instruction on how to taste the wine, so here are three tasting tips to give your guests. You can even consider stuffing a cute printout inside each notebook so that each partygoer always has them handy!

Taste with your eyes. Reds generally offer a purplish tint when young, and an orange-toned tint when old. Whites tend to be bright yellow when young, but display a soft golden color when old.

Take in the aroma. When tasting wine, consider the smell—is there a lingering aroma of floral, citrus, spice, berry, or something else?

Try the wine. Look for the taste that offered the aroma, and then consider the initial taste: is it balanced? (Balanced is everything!) Then take stock of the lingering flavors: what are they and how do they impact the overall experience?

To dress up the blank notebook, consider using scrapbooking note cards to adorn the pages. Look for cards that offer text or images that tie in with the tasting book. For example, I chose ones with the word "notes" on them.

  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge (optional)
  • Glue
  • Glue brush
  • Spiral blank notebook
  • Crafting paper
  • Note cards (optional)

Step 1: Position your crafting paper across the front cover of the note book and cut the paper. Take care to leave a half inch of space around the edges of the book, which will allow you to fold the paper over the edges.

Step 2: Glue the paper to the cover and then fold over the sides so that the edges are rounded and fully covered by the crafting paper. If you are looking for a glossy or antique effect, cover the top of your paper with Mod Podge and allow it to dry before starting the next step.

Step 3: If you are adding note cards to the inside of the book, secure the cards to each page using glue, allowing them to dry before moving on to the next page.

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