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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.

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 […]

Yes, we are definitely drinking F*%$ing Merlot

Merlot shared its glory days with the flashy 1990s, the Clinton years, and a strong economy. People loved it because it was generous, bold, dark- albeit the style at the time was somewhat obvious. It became the darling of the casual wine drinkers and took over grocery store shelves. Merlot plantings, easier to grow than […]

Reflecting on My Future Retirement Home in Campania

I touched on my trip to Campania briefly in an earlier blog about Lake County. Campania is the eastern coastal region of Italy set against the Tyrrhenian Sea. Campania is a beautiful and picturesque place and is most often remembered for the stunning white blue seas and cliffs of the Amalfi Coast.  I drove through […]

Something for everyone in Paso Robles

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 and locals that triggered memories of my formative years […]

Barolo & Barbaresco rule Langhe, Italy

Piemonte is a dizzying gastronomic haven, rich in everything of a gourmand’s dream- truffles, mushrooms, hazelnuts (RE: Nutella), ambrosic red wine, historical whites and sweet, sparkling Moscato that even the most pretentious vinophile can’t deny when served with a slice of Pannetone or a hot afternoon. My husband and I planted ourselves in the capital, […]

Santa Cruz Road Trip

Last week Aubrey and I left for our second Palate Club road trip to Santa Cruz. I was considerably more excited for our trip to Santa Cruz than I was for our first trip to (although it didn’t disappoint) Lake County. Santa Cruz doesn’t have a lot of wineries that are household names but it […]