Have you ever read a glowing restaurant review that sounded so lush your mouth watered and you immediately made reservations only to find yourself looking at a beautifully crafted plate containing one bite, a swirl of reduction and a bit of mushroom foam? Lovely, but not your style.
Same thing goes for wine. You might be given a highly-rated bottle with a glowing description to match only to think, meh. If you don’t like the taste, what’s the point of all those accolades and 90-plus ratings?
I’ve been to numerous wine tastings and a handful of wine classes, but am by no means a wine expert. A few things motivated me to start this. The most important one? Wine can be intimidating. And I finally realized that my palate is different from many of the folks who assign scores and that if Robert Parker* likes a particular wine, chances are I won’t. What’s a girl to do? Start a blog that’s what.
Enter My Wine Tribe
My Wine Tribe knows that everybody’s tastes are different, so we help you determine the wines that you like. And maybe even more importantly, the reason you like them: your palate. Because we believe that if you understand why you gravitate toward certain wines, you’ll get a better awareness of and handle on your own personal taste. And that makes for confident shopping, enjoyable drinking and happy sharing!
The focus is on wines under $40, tasting notes written in plain English, accessible wine education and random thoughts on travel, food and joy. It’s light, unpretentious and written by me, a regular human who just loves wine. So come on, take the quiz, find your tribe and start exploring new wines you know you’ll like.
This is still a new endeavor and I would welcome your feedback. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Merci!
Without the help of many people, I could not have done this. Thank you to Big Red, Petra, my mom and my cousin Rebecca for their endless support. Shout outs to Carol Hoffman, Alice Patterson, Mary Bruno and Libby Waldo for helping to get the blog up and running. Big thanks to Andrew Rondeau at We Build Your Blog for ongoing technical support, and endless thanks to Kathleen Donnelly for editorial oversight.
I must also give a huge shout out to all the other wine lovers, food bloggers, researchers and people with opinions out there on the worldwide web. They inspired many of the quiz questions, so please check out their work!
And finally, thank you to everyone who reviewed the quiz, especially:
– Chef Michael Northern and Vincent Rosseti from the Nordstrom
– Kim O’Donnel, author of The Meat Lovers Meatless Cookbook
– Jeff Fornier, sommelier and wine buyer at Esquin Wines
*Leading U.S. wine critic with international influence.