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Please The Palate Fall 2021 Newsletter

Summer is officially over and Fall 2021 is here. The weather has been slowly changing and harvest is underway around the world. While we still need to be cautious and keep safe, with vaccinations, life is starting to return to a level of normality.

While I have traveled locally over the last year, September marked the first international trip in two years. I traveled to Piedmont, Italy, to see friends and visit wineries. It felt so freeing and natural to travel again, although precautions were taken. The majority of meals and events were outside and masks were worn inside. Per Italy’s rules, you can only eat indoors if vaccinated or with a negative test. If you are thinking of traveling internationally, it is possible. Just plan ahead to make sure you have filled out the necessary paperwork, get tested when necessary, wear your masks, and have fun.

Live events have started to happen as well. I just finished two in-person trade lunches for the Dao region in Portugal, as well as a week of hybrid seminars in Chicago and New York for Milano Wine Week. All of these events were indoors for small groups of people and vaccination proof was required. It was wonderful to see people in person under these safety guidelines.

Even with travel and live events starting up, virtual events are continuing (see below) and I think, and hope, they are here to stay.

Looking forward, as the Fall season continues and we head into the Winter months, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. And I hope your days are filled with wonderful wines!


Two FREE Virtual Events About the Abruzzo region in Italy!

Register and attend either webinar for a chance to win one WSET Level 2 online class complete with tasting kit courtesy of Deborah Parker Wong or the equivalent value applied to a WSET Level 3 class.

There is no winegrowing region in Europe like Abruzzo where 65% of the region is mountainous and more than 30% of the land is protected by parks, nature reserves and protected areas.

Discover the wines and terroirs of this unique region in two free virtual events led by wine educator Deborah Parker Wong, DipWSET.

Thursday, October 21, 6:00pm – 7:30pm PDT

Deborah Parker Wong, DipWSET, guides a journey through Abruzzo’s terroirs and wines from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast.


Thursday, October 28, 9:00am – 10:30am PDT

Journey through Abruzzo’s terroirs and wines from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast with Davide Acerra from the Consorzio Vini d’Abruzzo and moderated by Deborah Parker Wong, DipWSET


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Events Calendar on

Read the full Please The Palate October 2021 Newsletter.