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An Advocate For Wine Tasting

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One of my favorite things to do when I’m not working is to get a few friends together and go wine tasting. While I don’t get out and do this as often as I would like, when I do, it’s a great way to enjoy the experience of trying new wines without having to commit to buying a whole bottle based on nothing more than the label. I find I’m a lot more adventurous about trying new things when I can just taste and spit without having to worry about the cost of a bottle. By going wine tasting you are getting the opportunity to try wines that you may not be at all familiar with which is great because even wines made from the same grape variety can be drastically different depending on the winemaker’s decisions.

This is why when I go wine tasting I try to keep an open mind. I don’t like to read any tasting notes or hear a friend’s opinion about a wine until I have had my first taste lest the power of suggestion cloud my palette. I want my opinion to be biased only by my own personal preference. I must say, I’m always surprised to hear people decline a taste of wine that they’ve never tried before; trying something is the only way to really be sure of disliking it. Honestly, even if I try something I don’t particularly enjoy I’m happy I did it, as I’ve still learned from the experience (even if all I learned was to not ever buy that wine). My motto: Keep trying new wines you never know when you’ll find a new favorite.

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About Our Authors

Kristina King

Born in Colorado and led a nomadic life until the ripe old age of four. Kristina loves to travel, eat, drink wine, and enjoy the outdoors. One of her mottos is: Life is an adventure - enjoy!

George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Cameron Parry

Winemaker since 2008, Cameron has been an integral member of the winemaking team at Chateau Montelena since 2004. He and his wife live in Calistoga with their two beautiful daughters.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors