Drink Wine and Learn with Power Pairing Jennifer Estevez & Aubrey Terrazas

For Wine Drinkers of All Levels

These are articles for wine drinkers of all levels,
crossing a broad range of topics from food pairings to discovering wine regions and tips on tasting.
By Palate Club Ambassadors
Jennifer Estevez and Aubrey Terrazas.

Holiday Wines

5 Wines For Holiday Dinners To pair a wine with your holiday dinner, you need something that is friendly. This is to say that you don’t want a wine that is too extreme in any direction, else it might offend the flavors of your delicious ham—or worse, your mother-in-law. Choose a wine pairing that is […]

You can drink wine to meditate

Too often it is overlooked as a means to drink. Yes, it is a fermented alcoholic beverage. We are in a work hard/play hard culture and a reward culture, as well. A glass of vino after a long day can be relaxing, but if you’re drinking to drink alone you may lose out on the […]

How to Pair Red Wine With Fish

We like to be rule breakers here. We’ve all heard the old wisdom- “red wine with red meat, white wine with fish.” The truth is, food & wine are much more complex than that! The spices you use, the method of cooking, even the type of fish or meat influences the pairing. While there is […]

Thanksgiving wines

5 wines for Thanksgiving dinner Game meats, sweet sauces, flavorful spices, savory vegetables, and butter… food lovers celebrate the seasonal dishes of Autumn for its comforting warmth and diversity of flavor. The apex of the season, the Thanksgiving feast, is a hodgepodge of nostalgic American dishes served to an equally eclectic group of people. The […]

How to tell When a Wine is Corked

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“Corked” wine describes wine that has been tainted with the chemical compound TCA (2, 4, 6- trichloroanisole). The flaw is most easily detected by aromas of wet dog & cardboard on the nose and palate, rather than a smell of cork. Corked wine also fills the vibrancy and fruit on a wine.While both levels of […]

Riesling — The Best Acid Trip

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Oh, Riesling One of my favorite grapes in the entire world is Riesling.  Big surprise, most sommeliers go nuts over high acid mineral driven whites. Riesling is my go to as a sommelier for hard to pair foods. So, let’s dig deep into what makes Riesling such an amazing grape. The Origin In the Rhine […]

ZInfandel — A Tale of Ire and Spice

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Zinfandel America’s Sweetheart Zinfandel is up there with Cabernet Sauvignon for putting California on the world wine map. Although Zinfandel doesn’t equal the mighty Cab Sav in average bottle price it can be equally as interesting and unique when made with the right touch.  This juicy little grape can be surprisingly delightful and intense in […]

Cabernet Sauvignon – A short tale of the King of Red Wine

Introducing Cabernet Sauvignon There are thousands of grape varieties in the world of wine, although perhaps none more recognized, than the noble Cabernet Sauvignon. This illustrious grape helped shape the evolution of modern day wine. Let us celebrate a brief history of this legendary varietal, and provide an introduction to its famous worldly regions. Origins Researchers […]