“Cellar Palate” is a condition that can afflict all of us, including winemakers and others in the wine industry. I will admit I do have cellar palate at times. Cellar palate is a condition one gets when they become too accustomed to drinking the same wine all the time. Or in the case of winemakers or vintners, they drink the wines they produce too much.
I am very guilty of cellar palate when I go to a restaurant that sells my wines. I tend to order my wine. This is somewhat silly, as I pay the “big mark-up” on my own wine. Plus I give up the opportunity to broaden my palate by drinking different wines which allows me the opportunity to taste, and compare, other wines to what I produce which in the end might give me the opportunity to make my wine better.
I do have friends or know of people who only drink one kind of wine continuously. They never experiment with other types of wines, regions or styles. How many times have we all heard someone say, “I only drink red wines” or “I only drink Chardonnay?”
Early on in my wine career I found the wine world to be very intimidating and I did not want to experiment with wines other than the certain ones I drank all of the time. However, after some time I knew I had to personally grow my wine knowledge and to do that I needed to taste and study as many different wines as I could.
I know (I include myself in this category) that many folks will taste a wine and really like it and stay with that wine for long periods of time. Right now, I am drinking a lot of Cabernet Franc. My reasoning behind this flicker of cellar palate is I am going to produce a Cabernet Franc under my Tiedemann Label. I am sampling as many as I can to determine what I like and don’t like so I can (hopefully) produce a good Cabernet Franc.
I think we should all constantly attempt to “broaden our palates” by sampling and learning about as many wines as we can. You have to tell yourself to drink wines outside your “wine safety zone.” There are so many good wines out there that none of us should pass up the opportunity to taste them.
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