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East vs West: Cool Climate Palates and California Chardonnay

One very interesting aspect of the wine tasting profession is the notion of a regional palate. The difference is clear to those who judge at competitions that use tasters from all over the world, or even just from different parts of North America, from east to west coast. There is a definite propensity for those who taste mainly wines from the west coast, whether it is the Okanagan Valley in BC, Washington, or California, to prefer lower acid, “bigger,” more fruit forward wines. West Coast palates also tend to be far more tolerant of higher alcohol wines.
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2003 Chateau Bouscaut

The nose has light florals, mostly violet, and aromas of cedar. Black fruits lead, with a light background of red currants. From mid-palate to finish florals shine through. A great balance of acids and fine tan...
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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 i...