6 Palate Profiles to Consider

Are you more New World or Old? Geek or hipster?


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The New World Palate

The New World palate loves intensity and gobs of sweet fruit. Acidity? That’s for salad dressing. Bring on the hedonism.

The New World palate loves:

  • Argentine Malbec! Yes!
  • Anything Chris Ringland has made! 99 pts!
  • Isn’t Brunello a Super Tuscan? It’s so dark!
  • Super Toro – Ribera del Duero! It’s even darker!
  • Napa cults! Get on the list!
  • Favorite punctuation? Exclamation points!!!

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  • Snooth User: Nicki Gig
    Hand of Snooth
    178306 4,201

    great article. well I guess I would say I am part new world, part wine geek palate b/c I appreciate acidity but am not exclusive to it. fun read!

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM


  • Carema is ALWAYS in fashion. Besides, Luigi Ferrando is one heck of a great guy-- but a scary driver after a morning tasting in his cellar and a five wine lunch on a mountaintop.

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM


  • OMG! I thought I was old world til I read what is considered "wine geek" - 'Tis I!' though still and always old world forward. tra-la-la! ...and you?

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM


  • Snooth User: cuda
    350000 1

    what about redneck ,boonse ,box wine and more. they are big sellers but small ticket items

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM


  • Snooth User: Vveritas
    764182 11

    Seriously? Redneck, Boone's, and box?

    Why that would be no palate at all.

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM


  • Snooth User: brittmc
    514670 13

    Sometimes I think this website should be called Snoot.

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM


  • Snooth User: Kumdoka
    648252 1

    American Palate: Put Penfolds Koonunga hill Shiraz {on special $9.99 and thats Ozzie $'s } into a Grange bottle {never on special} and the dipsticks in Park Avenue would not know, would not care because its all about the label

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:12 PM


  • Best. Article. Ever.

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM


  • Snooth User: skiferg
    540879 17

    Enjoyed the article. I must admit I am New World, yearning to be Old World, with a little Wine Geek thrown in. So be it.

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:44 AM


  • Now, we, of course, have gentlemen's palates.

    A gentleman's palate is refined and cultured, which automatically excludes many Californian wines.

    It is educated, and so refers to wines in non-varietal terms; claret, not red bordeaux, please.

    And it is familiar with the rituals of proper wine drinking, such as the direction in which port should pass.

    Only poverty afflicts a gentleman's palate - for as we all know, impecuniousness is sadly now the mark of true gentry...


    Apr 15, 2011 at 7:00 AM


  • Snooth User: wrw5
    803503 1

    I guess I would call my palate how much do I want to spend in relation to what do I want to drink now. The criteria are where can I get the most of the best of all the many things I love and look for in the almost infinite number of wines out there to choose from. And sometimes it's just drink it because it's delicious.

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM


  • Snooth User: gerrad
    79282 57

    someone said it best, -just drink the stuff, dont spend all day talkin absolute w@nk about it. its so easy to be precious about what wines you think are important, but in reality, regardless of what you say, hardly anyone agrees anyway- which is as it should be. ID CROSS THE STREET TO AVOID ALL THE CHARACTER-FLAWS (i mean palates) YOU LIST ABOVE- but we actually have good wine in Australia of our own, so all that 'lets find the latest thing we can stomach' is a moot point here. in summary, i like snooth, but this discussion encourages everything thats wrong about wine culture and especially why those not immersed in it think 'wine is for tossers'- IT WOULD SEEM ACCURATE from this type of chatter.

    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM


  • Snooth User: valnaples
    749418 2

    Am definitely Old World...love the more traditional French reds, Italian too...lower alcohol for one thing to me tastes SO much better...the hot 14-15% American wines are horrid on my palate.

    Aug 19, 2011 at 7:05 PM


  • Snooth User: gerrad
    79282 57

    cant comment re; american wine quality or alcohol level, as im an aussie retailer/consumer/winemaker. as my 'no-one agrees anyway' line suggests, you have your familiar styles and we have ours. ours have more alcohol (often, not always, we do make euro-styled wines also) but also more fruit/body/weight than many of the northern hemisphere wines available here, so they carry the alcohol easily. or not!

    Aug 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM


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