When I published the Vinography Aroma Card in November of last year I had no idea that it was going to be such a hit. I had been thinking of doing it as a little project for years after getting fed up with seeing all these aroma and flavor guides set up as round wheels in a way that made absolutely no sense to me.
I guess I wasn't alone in that frustration. Apparently no one else in the world has a round wallet either.
The original card has been downloaded thousands of times since it was posted in November, and I've recently touched it up with a couple of missing aromas/flavors since it's first version.
I'm also thrilled to announce that the card is now available in Spanish and Italian, thanks to the heroic efforts of two loyal readers: Oscar, who runs the blog SobreVino in Spain, and Gianpaolo Paglia, from Poggio Argentiera winery in Tuscany's Maremma. I owe them each many thanks and more than one bottle of wine for their help.
Together we puzzled through the various aromas and flavors, learning that America apparently has way more varieties of plums than Europe, and that while here in the U.S. we distinguish Boysenberry and Blackberry as two different fruits, they certainly don't in Italy. There were certain flavors, too, that just had no cultural translation (Red Vines candy, for instance), but on the whole, most of them have been effectively translated, we think. Native speakers, please give us feedback.
Finally, in addition to offering these new versions of the card, I'm doing something that I've never done here on Vinography before, and that is asking for voluntary donations if you find the card valuable. Most other such tools (OK, so theirs are laminated, big deal) are about five bucks plus shipping. Give me a dollar or three or five, but if you like it and use it, I'd love a token of your appreciation. You can do so by clicking on the donate button below.
Regardless, I hope you enjoy the card and find it useful in your wine tasting.
DOWNLOAD THE VINOGRAPHY AROMA CARD (39k PDF):
If you want to publish the card elsewhere, feel free to link directly to the PDFs here at Vinography, but please do not host the documents on your site. If everyone points to these, I can keep them updated so everyone gets the latest copy.
Did you ever dream of being a patron of the arts? What about a patron of the blogosphere? If you are so inclined, please...
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Acid Freaks Unite: Highlights From the 2015 IPOB Tasting Vinography Images: A Brief Oasis Going Dry In California Off to Taste Champagne! Vinography Unboxed: Week of April 5, 2015 Vinography Images: The Color of Spring Vinography Unboxed: Week of March 29, 2015 Vinography Images: Waves of Vines Tempranillo (and Gang) TAPAS Tasting: April 26, San Francisco A Man, An Island, and a Bottle of Grüner: The Wines of Rudi Pichler
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune