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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 tell When a Wine is Corked

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What is Corked Wine? “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 mutes the vibrancy and fruit on a […]

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

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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 […]

An Ode to Syrah

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The Syrah grape, also known as Shiraz, is one of the world’s classic grape varietals and a personal favorite of mine. Why do I love Syrah — and why is it so damn delicious? First, and foremost, Syrah is an incredibly versatile grape; in terms of versatility in style, it covers a BROAD range.  Whether […]

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

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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 […]