WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting for Evernote

I created this tasting note sheet for many reasons. To pass the WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to get a bit indoctrinated into their vocabulary and stick with it. If you stray too much, they don’t take favorably to it. At walk-around tastings, I find myself more in a cocktail party mode and am completely unable to take a proper note for remembering later on for writing. I will certainly stand and have discussion with others, but then the notes are gone from my brain. At sit-down tastings, I seem to do OK with taking a written note but then never created a filing system for papers (or made the time to make them digital) and end up just tossing them out.

Apps like Delectable and Vivino are great for social sharing but not for serious note taking and I wanted something additional for my studies, not just photos for my social scene.

I formatted the note and its tickboxes with the intention I would with my iPhone in my left hand and glass in my right hand. All ticking would just happen with my left thumb. Longer lines were doing a weird word wrap so I put everything on individual lines.


In terms of organization, I have one large notebook called “TASTING NOTES” then tag the note with all the pertinent information that I may want to search for later like grape variety or event at which it was tasted.

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Please let me know what you think and how you are using it.

WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting for Evernote

Mobile-friendly version of the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting formatted for Evernote. Simply copy the template for each new wine.


I’ve created this exactly from the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting as per the copyright requests of the WSET (maybe an American respelling or 2). How you choose to reformat and use in the privacy of your own Evernote is up to you.

Copyright Wine & Spirit Education Trust 2006
The copyright in the “WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting (Diploma)” is the property of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, which also owns the moral rights therein. WSET is a Registered Trademark of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
The WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting (Diploma) may be reproduced freely without royalty or fee upon terms that:
i. it is reproduced in full, without alteration, omission or addition:
  1. ii  the title “WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting (Diploma)” is always included therewith:
  2. iii  the Wine & Spirit Education Trust is acknowledged as the author thereof:
  3. iv  the foregoing copyright claim is reproduced in full in connection with every publication thereof.


  • Keira
    November 27, 2015 at 02:17

    Hi Robbin!

    I just found this post via a google search for using Evernote to help with taking tasting notes. I can totally relate to this. I have notebooks and random scraps of paper full of notes I’ll probably never get around to digitalizing, and I’ve been searching for a way to take notes at events without being the only antisocial nerd there with a pen and paper. It’s just so much effort to hand write notes using the WSET SAT format–It takes forever! Thank you so much for this idea, and the super helpful download. I’m definitely going to use it from now on.



    • Robbin Gheesling
      November 27, 2015 at 10:19

      Thanks Keira!

      Let me know how it works for you.


  • Angela
    February 23, 2016 at 17:46

    Hi Robbin,
    I am not able to open the template in the app. Is there something special I have to do in order to get it to work?

  • Russ
    January 23, 2017 at 20:18

    How do you open the template? All I got when I downloaded it was a zip file. Not sure how to make it work.

    • Robbin Gheesling
      January 23, 2017 at 20:38

      Extract the zip and then open that file in Evernote. It will be a .enex file.

  • Russ Vieira
    January 25, 2017 at 07:57

    Robbin, I guess I am not that savvy when it comes to zip files, extracting. and opening in evernote. Can you help a little more detailed? I have downloaded the file, I can see the .enex file, i just do not know how to make it open in evernote

  • Russ Vieira
    January 25, 2017 at 09:06

    Please disregard my previous note. I figured it out. Thanks!


  • Angela
    October 11, 2017 at 16:55

    Hi! Thanks for creating this! I’ve extracted the zip but it won’t let me open the .enex file, saying the phone doesn’t have an app to support it. I obviously have Evernote! Any ideas ?!

    • Robbin Gheesling
      October 11, 2017 at 17:07

      Open it on your computer, then sync to your phone!

  • John Lord
    June 16, 2019 at 03:05

    Robbin, I have only just found your page, and thank you, as I have been searching for years for a simple WSET format. Using Evernote this is great. The WSET app template is good but with no ability to print or transfer to save say in Evernote or similar is of very limited use.
    Well done and thank you.

    • Robbin Gheesling
      August 29, 2019 at 14:18

      Hi John, did you ever figure out how to save it in Evernote? All you have to do is upload it. I use the desktop version.

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