Please The Palate

Please The Palate Spring 2022 Newsletter

This year has taken off as a sprint! After two years of calm and quiet at home, I am back on the road, juggling multiple projects. I just finished a three-week west coast tour with author Robert Camuto to promote his book South of Somewhere: Wine, Food and Culture of Southern Italy. This is a must-read book if you love Italy, travel, wine, and food. 


There is no shortage of good content to come. In between the book events with Robert Camuto, we visited winemakers in Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Napa who are passionate about Italian grape varieties in California. It was exciting to see the cross-over of these grapes and I am looking forward to sharing more about these producers.


Next up is a deep dive into Paso Robles on the Wine Writers Educational Tour, followed by a trip to Italy to explore the rosé wines of Chiaretto di Bardolino in Lake Garda. 


In between the travel for writing, I am busy working on proposals, events, and more! It feels overwhelming at times after so much downtime, but it feels good to be getting back to normal. I hope that it feels the same for you!


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:

April offering:

Cavaletti Vineyards (Ventura/LA)
1 white wine + 1 rose wine + 2 red wines
$109 + tax ($135 value)

[Sales closed April 3rd, but email me if you are interested]


May offering:

Dracaena Wines (Paso Robles)
1 white wine + 1 rose wine + 2 red wines
$109 + tax ($116 value)


June offering:

I Brand & Family (Monterey County)

2 white wines + 2 red wines
$109 + tax ($124 value)


July offering:

Acquiesce Winery (Lodi)

4 white wines
$109 + tax ($124 value)

If you are interested, please email me at to let me know you would love to receive this $109 bundle.

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

Read the full Please The Palate April 2022 Newsletter.