Please The Palate

Please The Palate October 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to October! It is hard to believe that summer has passed, and we are heading into the final months of the year. I do not know where the summer went! It was filled with non-stop events and travel, especially the month of August in which I spent organizing Grappa events in New York. In September, I checked off a destination from my bucket list as I spent almost two weeks in Sicily. I have traveled to Italy numerous times, but this was my first time to Sicily and it will not be my last. Also in September, I was a judge at the 2023 Las Vegas Global Wine Awards. I completed all 82 interviews, tastings, and write-ups for the 2024 Slow Wine Guide USA, in addition to writing numerous other stories and doing interviews for the Wine Soundtrack USA podcast. The last three months have been a whirlwind. It is no wonder I have lost my sense of time and am wondering where the summer went.

But Fall is officially here! Hopefully, time will go by slowly, and we all can enjoy everything ahead in the next few months. One thing to look forward to is some upcoming events!


Tuesday, October 24th
Venue: Maybourne Beverly Hills
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

(There is a trade/media event during the day, email for more information)

Madeira, the fortified wine from the island of Madeira in Portugal, is a wine that will excite the palate. Madeira is a wine for everyone and every occasion. Ranging from dry to sweet, Madeira can be enjoyed on its own, paired with a meal, or mixed in a cocktail. Come discover the beauty and versatility of Madeira!

> Enjoy a walk-around tasting from 6:00pm – 9:00pm featuring five Madeira producers. Appetizers will be served.

> Sip Madeira-based cocktails from bartender Camron Robertson, General Manager of Thunderbolt LA. Thunderbolt has one of the most extensive Madeira collections in Los Angeles and is one of the top 10 bars on North America’s 50 Best Bars list.

> Learn about different styles of Madeira in 15-minute speed-tastings with sommelier and Wines of Portugal’s brand ambassador Eugénio Jardim.

Tickets are $55. But, as a friend of Please The Palate, I am offering a discount!
Save 50% with the Code: PTPFriends50
Purchase Your Tickets Today!

I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, October 17th
VIP Access*: 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm
General Admission: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Mercado Little Spain by José Andrés, 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

(There is a trade/media event during the day, email me for more information)

Experience firsthand the diverse array of Spain’s most important and lesser-known grape varieties and regions as you taste your way through Spain (300+ wines will be poured!), sample made-to-order Spanish artisan cocktails while watching the excitement of a live wood-fired Spanish cooking demo, or attend a mini-seminar on essential Spanish varietals led by a wine educator.

Tickets range from $120-$150. Purchase Your Tickets Today!


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.

Upcoming Dates:

November offering:
Boutz Wines (Paso Robles)
1 rosé wine + 3 red wines
$109 + tax ($135 value)

December offering:
Bonifacia (Sonoma/Clarksburg)
1 white wine + 3 red wines
$109 + tax ($134 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 the Los Angeles area).
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.

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

Read the entire Please The Palate October 2023 Newsletter.