5 Must Try Wines for Spring

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Is there any other color that sings spring more than green? The color calls to mind sprouting plants and fresh grass after rain. Even the vegetables dress in season: asparagus, artichoke, peas, lettuce, and “spring greens” (which are in the brassica family, FYI). Delicious and crisp, the season’s produce also tastes of the green astringency […]

Holiday Wines – The Perfect Wines for Memorable Pairings

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These Wines Will Brighten Your Holiday Dinner To create delicious wine pairings for your holiday celebrations, look to friendly wines. This means you don’t want a wine which is too extreme in either direction. We don’t want your holiday wines to  offend the flavors of your delicious ham—or worse, your mother-in-law. Choose a wine pairing […]

Wine Preservation: How Long is Open Wine Good For?

Wine Preservation, how long is open wine good for?

After you open a bottle, how long is wine good for? This is the biggest question we get on wine preservation.The short answer is 3 days. The real answer is, it depends a lot on the style of wine and how you preserve it. The reason wine goes bad is because after you remove the […]

Paso Robles Has Something for Everyone

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Seeking out new wines always requires an open mind. We too are humans and carry a suitcase full of preconceived ideas and opinions about quality and style. At the start of our venture to Paso Robles, California, we met vast, sprawling land scattered with easy-going towns. The laidback scenery triggered memories of my formative years […]

How To Smell Wine with Palate Club’s Expert Sommelier

How To Smell Wine, wine tasting, aromas in wine

If you’re looking to become better at tasting wines, take a few blind tasting tips from our Palate Club Sommeliers! Wine tasting should be fun and definitely should not be intimidating. If you’ve ever felt lost when it comes to determining the aromas in your glass while wine tasting, then this video is for you. Here’s […]

Lake County Wineries Offer Unexpected Gems

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The first week of December Aubrey and I took a road trip to explore Lake County wineries. To be frank, my expectations were not high but I kept an open mind. Before this trip, I tasted a few Lake County wines I wasn’t fond of, a few that were great, and none that I really remembered.  […]

Cutting Out Alcohol Isn’t Necessary To Stay Fit

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If you’re anything like the Palate Club team, you love wine and you’re into health and fitness, too. Perhaps you’re looking to trim down and you’ve read cutting out alcohol will fast track your progress. Considering alcohol drink consumption adds to your calorie intake, we’re not here to argue that fact. However, us wine drinkers […]

5 Winter Wines to Pair with the Season

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When temperatures drop in winter, it’s time to get cozy. Whether your winters are snow-filled or a bit more mild, we bet the season brings heartier meals to your kitchen table. Cold nights and warm dishes definitely call for flavorful wines. That same rosé or Pinot Grigio you savored all summer long definitely isn’t cutting […]

Oak Aging – Why Is Wine Aged In Oak?

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Some of the most captivating and celebrated wines around the world are made with oak aging. Cabernets of  Napa Valley, Grand Gru White Burgundy, Bordeaux, Brunello… the list goes on. Consistently the most sought after rare wines, as well as wines scored favorably by critics, have all utilized oak aging in some capacity. This widespread […]

Why It’s Hard To Shop for Organic Wine

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You shop for organic products at the local farmer’s market and look for natural cleaning products. Maybe you choose recycled material for your clothing and avoid processed foods…But when it comes to wine, do you know what you’re putting in your body? You may have noticed that there is an empty void where the organic […]