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Introducing “Ask Palate Press”

We regularly receive emails from readers asking a wide variety of questions, from "where can I get the wine you just reviewed" to "what wine goes with the deer by brother-in-law killed and insists on serving with Christmas dinner?"
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2011 Frisk “Prickly” Riesling

WHO: Frisk WHAT: 90% Riesling, 10% Muscat Gordo WHERE: Australia, Victoria WHEN: 2011 HOW MUCH: $10 (media sample) The first thing you notice is bubbles – this wine is lightly effervescent. The nose hints of...
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The Things You Can Buy on Airplanes

While the airplane is taxiing, or during take-off and landing, I have to turn off the electronic devices. Sometimes I remember to bring a book, but other times that means I have to look in the seat-pocket for entertainment. If the crossword puzzles and Sodoku are done (dear airline, please change the magazines more often) I end up reaching for the SkyMall catalogue. It is guaranteed to provide entertainment, from Star of David Christmas Tree topper (seriously! I am not making that up) to a genuine Harry Potter Magic Wand.
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1999 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Merlot

The nose has rich dark fruits and with a light floral background of violet. The palate has dark plums, elderberry, pencil lead, and violets. Tobacco leaf shows up on the mid-palate. Tannins are very fine. The o...
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2010 Montalbera Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato L’Accento

Light, translucent ruby in color. Strawberries dominate on the nose. Strawberries and rhubarb are on the palate, tart, clean, and brightly acidic. Fennel pops on the mid-palate. Tannins are light and very fine. This is a bright food wine, one to provide counter-balance to rich cheeses and light meats. Drink with ravioli stuffed with spinach or veal ravioli. Highly Recommended. DH