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Happy Birthday Palate Press

It's hard to believe we published the first Palate Press: the online wine magazine a year ago today. In that time we published 780 stories, including 361 wine reviews. Our stories have been written by 119 different writers on five different continents. Not bad for a one year old.
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Kosher Wine for Passover: Getting More Serious Than Manischewitz

For Israeli wines, “kosher” is a blessing and a curse. Israel right now is one of the most exciting wine countries in the world. The country made almost exclusively bad sweet wine for its first 50 years, but now it’s like California of the 1970s, in a period of rapid growth and experimentation and great increases in quality. But the kosher marketing conundrum hangs over everything: how to sell Israeli wines, kosher or not, to non-Jews, a necessity if the industry is to sustain its present growth.
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2012 Redux: Wine Snobs, Unite!

Editor's Note: "Hatred of a straw man is a powerful force," says Blake Gray in this column from June of this year. The monthly columnist comes to the defense of so-called "wine snobs," those much maligned élitists of movies and New Yorker cartoons. However, the people to whom the term is applied are usually the everyday enthusiasts like you and me. –Tom Mansell, Science Editor