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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.

How to choose wine

French wines map

Wine has the unique dichotomy of being considered a product of class and substance, but one that is most often selected by the shallow marketing Gimmicks. Most consumers choose wine based on the label. “I choose a wine based on if I like the label, and then if don’t like it, I don’t buy it […]

How to NOT Fall for Bull$h*t Wine Marketing Schemes

How to NOT Fall for Bullsiht Wine Marketing Schemes

Have you noticed all the new, trendy “healthy” wine clubs on the market today? These clubs are aimed at people who have been swept up by the modern day fitness obsession; they make bold statements such as keto-friendly, sugar-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, low-carb, low-sulfite and vegan attached to an even bolder price tag.  How true are […]

Old Vines in Barossa

Old Vines in Barossa

The Barossa Valley floor in South Australia doesn’t have the climate that screams quality wine making. It’s hot with little cooling effects from altitude or ocean, with intense sunlight pounding the grapes into extreme sugar levels and ripeness. Nonetheless tourists flock every year to Barossa Valley, much like Napa Valley. The valley has become one […]



For many, tasting wine is usually the most impressive part of the role of sommeliers. It almost seems like magic how we find all of the intricate details of the the weather, the soil, the oak, the specific aromas. Blind tasting takes some training and it can be impressive, but the key here is that […]

Sprichst du Deutsch? Decoding German Wine labels

A german wine label

Sprichst du Deutsch? In true German fashion, wine laws have been placed to make the system more efficient and less elusive. An entire guidebook to the bottle is placed on every label. Unlike the laxidative labeling laws set by the American Viticulture Association, theoretically you should know exactly what you’re getting into when you read […]

Tips for Planning a Trip to Wine Country… in Any Country


Since we began our journey as Palate Club Ambassadors back in November, Aubrey and I have traveled all over California and made a quick stop in Washington.  We leave in three days and will be gone for two weeks to our first international destination; Australia.  Our mission; to document different wine Australian regions through photo […]

For anyone who hates a grape: An intro to Terroir

Have you ever said that you hate to drink a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay? You’re not alone. Many people have had bad experiences with certain wines. We actually applaud you for drinking what you like (that’s kind of our thing!). But you know how you always hated that one vegetable until you had […]

Decanting vs. Aerating

Decanting vs. Aerating

You have a nice bottle of wine that you have held onto and tonight is the night you open it. What are some things you can do you make sure it is drinking at its prime? Decanters vs. Aerators First things first, let’s remember there are no rules set in stone on how you should […]

Wine and Mindfulness

Wine and Mindfulness

Wine is the ultimate sensory experience. One glass can simultaneously express history, agriculture, food, science, geography, climate, soil, language, culture, smell, taste, and sex. Too often it is overlooked as a means to jolly folly and drinkery. Yes, it is a fermented alcoholic beverage (I myself have had many a starry-eyed night from one too […]

Down the Rabbit Hole – Real Talk About the MS Exam

When I introduce myself to people with my professional credentials (Advanced Sommelier) I often get questions about what it’s like to study for the Master Sommelier Exam. This is a complex question to answer. People think it is glamorous to study for your Master Sommelier Exam; they are under the impression we drink champagne, talk […]