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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.

Chianti: A wine through the times

Chianti - A wine through the times

Chianti, once misunderstood, embodies the soul and history of Italian culture. The classic Tuscan red wine rests steady through the rise of Florence and the sting of politics. Chianti is a story of nobility, tradition, and evolution. The herbal tang from the Sangiovese grape has been tested and reworked over centuries. The wine somehow simultaneously […]

Intro to Chardonnay

ripe chardonnay grapes vineyard

When I was first introduced to Chardonnay, it was described to me as the “cheerleader” of wine grapes because it will do anything that you want. The analogy may be dated during the era of “me too” but the fact remains that that Chardonnay will take on a diverse personality depending on where it’s grown […]

Organic, Biodynamic or Natural?

Organic, Biodynamic or Natural Wine

What is the difference between organic, biodynamic and natural wine? When I worked as a restaurant sommelier this was a frequently asked question. People also asked me WHY they should buy organic/ biodynamic/ or natural wines.  This is a confusing topic because there’s a lot of overlapping ideologies and regulations. To break it down, not […]

How to choose wine

wine tasting kit

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

plan a wine trip

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

wine's terroir makes it special

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 […]