Please The Palate

Please The Palate Fall 2022 Newsletter

As we head into the Fall months, it is fair to say that life is back to normal at a warp speed. After a summer of non-stop travel, events are back!

Summer and early Fall were filled with travel. I was lucky to travel to Italy on three different trips. First I went to Lago di Garda to explore Chiaretto di Bardolino. A month later I was in Abruzzo to discover Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. And a week after that trip I returned to Alto Adige and Friuli for visits with Cantina Tramin and Gravner. Then to complete the international travel season, I was off to Portugal a few weeks later to delve into the Setúbal region, a region one hour south of Lisbon. Despite the heat wave that was hitting Europe, it was so amazing to spend time in all of these regions with so many wonderful winemakers and wines. I have written about many of these experiences, including writing Discover Chiaretto Di Bardolino and the Rise of Italian Rosé in my first story for SommTV. And there are more stories to come!

But events are the focus right now. In September, I hosted trade lunches for Dão wines from Portugal in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Then it was off to New York for the Madeira Wine Experience, a full day of events for trade and consumers showcasing the beauty and diversity of Madeira wines. And there are still more events ahead through the end of October and into November. Somewhere in between, I am finding time to continue writing stories.


Upcoming monthly virtual wine events:

Forgotten Grapes Monthly Virtual Tastings with Winemakers 

There are more than 3500 wineries in California. That is a lot of wineries. Many of these wineries are small, family-owned businesses making anywhere from 500-5000 cases. At Please The Palate, owner Allison Levine loves to seek out these small producers and introduce them to friends through stories and events. Each month, in partnership with Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes, we will offer 4 wines for $109 from one of these incredible producers. You will also be invited to our virtual tasting with the owner or winemaker on the second Thursday of each month.

Forgotten Grapes is not a club and there is no commitment. Each month, a bundle of wines will be offered for a special price. If you are interested, you can order them. I’ll take your credit card and delivery information and will charge your card. If you live in Southern California, delivery is FREE and will be personally delivered to you (contactless). If you live beyond Southern California, wines can be shipped – $25 in California and $30 outside of California to Western States (AZ, NV, OR, ID). Additional states, please contact us.

Upcoming Dates:

November offering:

Lepe Cellars (Monterey Co.)
1 white wine + 3 red wines
$109 + tax ($174 value)

December offering:

Turning Tide (Santa Ynez and Oregon)
2 white wines + 2 red wines
$109 + tax ($117 value)

If you are interested, please email me at to let me know you would love to receive one of the $109 bundles (plus shipping if out of Los Angeles area).

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

Read the full Please The Palate October 2022 Newsletter.