First (and this is true for me every year), take better wine notes. Okay, if we are being completely honest here, even though I know better, this would read, take some wine notes. Sometimes, it just seems so impossible to be standing a tasting juggling a glass, and literature, and attempt to take notes. However, with all of the amazing smart phone apps, this seems like a lame excuse. The advantage to taking notes, is that it forces you to pay attention. To consider a wine's personality, and remember it and it's character. I am fond of the Wine Notes app. It allows me to track all of my wine notes, and offers a handy sliding scale, as well as a list of fruits and flavors that I can just tap to complete my notes. For online sharing, I love the Drync Wine app, which involves a bit more typing but allows me to share wine that I have tasted across my social networks. If all else fails the back of a napkin or small notepad work great as well.
My second resolution and one that I recommend highly, is to try something different every week. It's easy to get in a wine rut and drink the same varietals and even worse the same labels, all the time. I challenge you to set aside one night a week and try a new wine. I am always shocked by the number of people that I encounter who have never tasted a Grenache or a Tempranillo, who drink only Pinot Grigio, and have never dabbled with the vast variety of Chardonnay styles available. If you are nervous about putting good money down on a bottle of wine that is out of your comfort zone, then I recommend tracking down some wine tastings in your neighborhood and making a point to get out and experiment.
I think that two resolutions are a great start. The best part of all . . . these two are so much easier to keep than my half-hearted resolution to work out more.
What are your wine resolutions for 2012? Please share.