6 Palate Profiles to Consider

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


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The Wine Geek Palate

In comparison, the wine geek palate is driven almost exclusively by acidity. Geeks tend to geek about everything, so these are the folks who are building food and wine pairing apps. Since wine is a part of their daily life, it must go with food at some point.

The Wine Geek palate loves:

  • Traditional Rioja. This stuff ages better than Bordeaux.
  • Cabernet Franc. That’s pronounced Saumur-Champigny.
  • Austrian Gruner Veltliner. This stuff ages better than White Burgs.
  • Burgundy from the Cote de Beaune. Corton is the new Grand Cru.
  • German Riesling. Love the Saar and the Grosses Gewachs. Trocken, baby.
  • Favorite punctuation? Das Umlaut

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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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