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WTF is Terroir?

February 15, 2018

Welcome to the first edition on Wine WTFs! In this new series we’ll explore wine terms and ideas and try to figure out what the fuss is all about.

This installment is all about a wine term with some controversial baggage. For professional winos it’s a revered term that is, ultimately, what all winemakers aim to pay homage to. For more casual drinkers it’s almost completely avoided and when it is used it’s usually to make fun of the more pretentious wine types.

Have and idea of what we’re talking about today?

It’s terroir. Continue Reading…

Red Wine, Uncategorised, Wine

Zinfandel, California’s Underdog

February 1, 2018

Many of the most well known wine regions are known for specific grapes. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (among others) in Bordeaux, Syrah in the Northern Rhone, Gamay in Beaujolais. And that’s just France!

Even in the newer wine world there are some great grape-region combos. Malbec in Argentina, Carmenere in Chile, Shiraz in Australia, Chenin Blanc in South Africa.

And then there’s California.

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Beer, Wine

The Evolution of Palate Practice

January 25, 2018

Palate Practice turns three years old this week! My little blog-baby has been out in the world for so long now, sharing all sorts of stories and hijinx and generally existing successfully. Blogs seem to age quicker than humans, it’s only been three years of my life that Palate Practice has existed but I feel like it’s already reached its adolescence in a way.

To be honest I really didn’t think I’d get here.

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Travels, Wine

How I Got to the Wine Bloggers Conference

January 18, 2018
dinner wine

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I went to the Wine Bloggers Conference last November in Santa Rosa, CA. It was an amazing experience! I tasted so much great wine, learned a lot, and met wonderful people who, like me, love to get nerdy when it comes to wine.

I haven’t gone into much detail about it, but I was able to go because of the a scholarship fund that the WBC folks run. I’m so grateful to them for donating and helping me have this experience!

Let’s get to know my wonderful sponsors, shall we?

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Noble Grape Challenge, Wine

Looking Back on the Noble Grape Challenge

January 11, 2018

After a couple weeks off, I’m back and excited for another year of geeking out over wine and beer. I spent about a week at my parents’ place eating and drinking all the things before coming back to my cozy little apartment to recoup and recharge from the holiday chaos. I spent a quiet New Year’s Eve in and had a very busy and eventful re-entry into my work world. It feels truly back to reality at this point, and I’m glad to kick things off for 2018 with a final look back at the Noble Grape Challenge.

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Holiday Wine Tips

December 21, 2017

This will be my last post of 2017. I’m taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays and scheming what I want to do with Palate Practice in 2018. I’ll be back on January 11th!

If you grew up in a Christian household – or even a secular one – you’re probably mired in holiday goodness right about now. Personally, I’m now off work until early in the New Year and planning to do as little as possible (except for all the cooking my mom has planned for us). I’m also planning on enjoying some great wine over the next few weeks, and so of course I wanted to share the wine-y goodness with all of you.

Here are a couple of holiday scenarios you might encounter and some suggestions for how to handle them – WITH WINE.

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Travels, Wine

Wine Dogs and New Tricks: What I Learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference

December 14, 2017

It’s now been about a month since I went to the wine bloggers conference and I’m still slowly digesting it. I love when this happens, when an experience touches you so intensely and immensely that it takes time to think and feel through all you experienced. It’s the mark of a great conference, really, and something I’m really happy to have experienced this fall.

Now that I’ve had some time to think, there are a few things I wanted to share about my experience at the conference.


One the gorgeous rooms we ate in, NDB.

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Noble Grape Challenge, Wine

Chardonnay, the Wonder Grape

December 4, 2017
grape vines

It’s time for the next instalment of the Noble Grape Challenge. Last time we dove into the world of Viognier and now it’s time for the final entry, in which we get to know possibly the more versatile grape there is: Chardonnay.

About the Noble Grape Challenge

Let’s refresh ourselves on what’s going on here – Wine Folly created the Noble Grape Challenge as a way to learn the spectrum of flavours and characteristics found in red and white wines. Taking nine reds and nine whites and going through them from lightest to darkest, we’ll learn about the key characteristics and flavours of each.

About Chardonnay

Let’s start with where Chardonnay is originally from. Are you ready? I’ll give you two guesses, but you’ll only need one.

You guessed it – FRANCE! Continue Reading…