My apologies if this has been covered here, but I've had a life change that requires I scrap the old-school, hand-written tasting notes style of keeping track of wines that I like and may queue up for my list(s). In short, I've been diagnosed with PD, which, among other things, has rendered my already poor handwriting to something that more accurately resembles an EKG line.
As such, I need to go digital and somehow incorporate a keyboard into the process. I've never used 750 and have inquired to them whether or not my reps (the vast majority of which use it based on the hard copies of tasting sheets I get), can send me digital copies of the sheets that I can pull up while I'm meeting with them and add my own notes. And, while I'm at it, make my own lists to remind myself of what I want to bring on.
I guess my question is two-fold. Has anyone used 750 in this manner? Or, are there other suggestions out there to achieve what I need.
I realize I could simply create word docs and re-enter all the wines on my own, but I'm guessing theres a slicker way to do it.
My wife created a tasting notepad doc for my Ipad. The problem is sorting the notes after i take them. I have tried a series of different methods without much luck.
I used to work part time for the delectable Wine app. I have my personal account for all of the wines that I drink at home. Created a second account for distributor tastings. That worked pretty well as Delectable sorts wines by country and region. I just got lazy and quit using it.
Not that I work for Delectable or anything, haha, but it is a digital way to keep track of wines you've tried. You add your own notes and you can see what other people say too. Including Vinous notes (that may be subscription level but its pretty inexpensive).
Don't know about 750, but many of the note taking apps (One Note, Evernote, Keep, etc...) will allow you to import attachments to a note, allow you to add pictures of bottles and any literature your rep hands you, and support verbal dictation. They're pretty easy to use for keyword searches as it is, but if you develop hashtag systems (#bringonindecember #newworldwhite) you can keep them extremely organized and easy to query. I'm not sure if that would work for you while sitting in front of a sales rep or not, but thought I'd throw it out there. Hope you find something that works for you as you adapt to your new reality. Wishing you the best of luck, sir.
Thanks, all, for the suggestions. Someone from 750 reached out to me and explained that my reps could drop digital tasting sheets into my buyer's account that I can edit with my own notes as well as cull out what I don't plan to use. Doing further research showed that all but one of the suppliers that I regularly use are on the platform and the other is going to be soon.
What's more, I'll be able to push suggested wines onto my bar managers account for the other location, so that's cool as well.
I'm gonna try that and see how it goes.
I like Delectable because I have a very good visual memory. The label is all I need to see to remember what I thought about the wine.
I think you can also use the Lists function on sevenfifty. You could set those up by date, or by rep/distributor, type of wine, etc. There should be a space on each wine where you can add your own notes.
I taste really large blocks of wine at a time and have just generally used an Excel spreadsheet if offline or then Google Sheets online as I can access it anywhere. It's very old school and not the least bit "fancy" but works fine and also allows no end in data importation which is really important as various media outlets each have their own formats for me to send the wines in, not to mention my own.
For data entry, if not tasting in my own cellar, I have a very lightweight, long battery life laptop I take with me. At trade tastings where table space is a rare earth element, I can easily cradle it in one arm and type with one hand.
All inelegant but very functional.
In the retail sector we taste a ton of wine and I feel the best way to keep track of notes is Cellar Tracker. You can access it from desktop or phone app. I have stacks of written notes that just take up space in my closet that I will never look at again. I reference Cellar Tracker everyday for my notes as well as my owner's.
Charlie, give me a call. I will tell you how i use sevenfifty.com in a power user way. For everyone else, i will post the details tomorrow when i get to my office