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Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones is founder of Grape Occasions, a company dedicated to helping people explore wine, travel and spas. Shannon has spent more than 18 years creating meaningful and engaging branding, marketing, and...
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Palate Press Wines of the Year

For the rest of 2011 we will be running two polls for our Readers' Choice Palate Press Wines of the Year, to join the Palate Press Wine of the Year selected by more than 100 wine lovers and wine professionals...
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2011 Readers’ Choice Palate Press Wines of the Year Poll: Whites, Rosés, and Sparkling Wines

Palate Press: The online wine magazine features 3-7 wine reviews every week which are then considered for Palate Press Wine of the Week by our readers. With 2011 coming to a close, we have compiled all those wines which were selected each week, and ask our readers to now choose the 2011 Palate Press Wine of the Year. Vote in both our polls: reds and fortified wines yesterday, and whites, rosés, and sparkling today. You can make up to three choices for this category. Voting closes on Friday, December 30, 2011. We look forward to your votes, and appreciate your continues support for Palate Press.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Ayoub Chardonnay

Clear, medium-deep intensity lemon yellow. Clean on the nose with heady aromas of sweet cooked apples, macerated pineapple, vanilla, clove, and candied ginger. Medium-dry on the palate with full body and slight residual sugar. Medium alcohol, medium acidity, rich texture, with lush—almost over the top—flavors. Stewed yellow apples, spiced Turkish figs, pineapple packed in brown sugar, candied orange peel, and crystallized honeysuckle. Medium finish. Very easy to drink on its own, but would pair splendidly with apple walnut bread pudding. Highly recommended. RR
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2011 Readers’ Choice Palate Press Wine of the Year: Reds and Fortified Wines

Palate Press: The online wine magazine features 3-7 wine reviews every week which are then considered for Palate Press Wine of the Week by our readers. With 2011 coming to a close, we have compiled all those wines which were selected each week, and ask our readers to now choose the 2011 Palate Press Wine of the Year. We will be publishing two different polls: red and fortified wines today, and whites, rosés, and sparkling tomorrow. We look forward to your votes, and appreciate your continues support for Palate Press.