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The kids are back at school and I’ve finally gotten a chance—a few days late—to flip open my laptop and read the inaugural edition of the Palate Press—a new online wine magazine.
Palate Press is a collaborative effort between wine bloggers, professional wine writers, and contributors from across the wine trade. The website is edited by W.R. Tish—the former editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Tish (as he is known in the wine world) calls Palate Press a “blogazine” that combines the passion of wine bloggers with the editorial appeal of a magazine. Here’s a sampling of stories from the first edition:
Nutrition Facts…Coming to a Wine Bottle Near You: Jeff Siegel examines both sides of the argument on a federal government proposal to include nutritional information labels on wine bottles.
The Upside of Doon: Meg Houston Maker interviews iconic winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards about making truly great, terroir-driven wines.
Zinfandel: A California Original?: Thea Dwelle looks at this quintessential American variety’s Old World origins and gives a rundown of the regional taste profiles that Zinfandel expresses throughout California.
Alsace: the Go-To Region for Gastronomic Bliss: Andrew Barrow talks about food and wine matching in Alsace—a topic I couldn’t do justice in my short stint there!
Shady Shelf Talkers Seek to Deceive Shoppers: Robert Dwyer wonders if these “silent salesmen” of the retail trade might be a little misleading for the consumer.
It’s not about you: Lessons for Wine Critics: Arthur Z. Przebinda looks at the debate surrounding scoring and rating wines—arguing that this “narcissistic exercise” is never about the wine.
Publisher David Honig promises that Palate Press will be “your up-to-the-minute wine news and commentary from around the world.” It appears there will be something here for the novice as well as the expert.
A 25-year veteran of the wine and hospitality industry, George Staikos is known for his role as an educator, sharing his passion for wine appreciation. He is the founder and president of the Educated Grape, a company specializing in interactive education programs and in-home wine entertaining for wine enthusiasts and companies. He is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality Management, where he teaches “Introduction to the Study of Wine.” He is also Vice Echanson or regional wine director for the mid-Atlantic region for the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a worldwide food-and-wine organization.
Staikos is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. He is married with three children and lives in Flemington.