Tasted: More than I can count. I like to say that I drink for a living.
- Accolades: WSET Level 3 Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) with Distinction, Italian Wine Specialist, Diploma from the North American Sommelier Association, Wine Travel Awards Voting Winner, Top 10 Wine Writers of 2020 from Corking Wines, Top 100 Wine Blog
Varieties: Too many to pick one. I love acid-driven wines with minerality. . If I have to pick a few, then Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay, Grenache. I also love indigenous Italian varieties like Grignolino.
Travel Tip: Be curious. Go with an open mind. Instead of asking “do you have?” and then listing the grapes you like, ask “what wines do you have?” If nervous to try a new unheard of grape variety, ask what other grapes it might be like. And try local wines with local cuisine….that is how you find some perfect pairings!
Goal : Scandinavia (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Norway), Antarctica, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Seychelles. It is a never-ending list!
Allison Levine is the owner of Please The Palate, a boutique agency specializing in marketing and event planning for the wine and spirits industry. As an industry expert, she works with wine regions around the world, organizing trade and media events around the United States. She has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in Italy, Spain and Mexico where she developed her passion for food and wine. She is a regular contributor to the Napa Valley Register, Monarch.wine, Alcohol Professor, California Winery Advisor and BIN (Beverage Industry News). She is the host of the podcast WineSoundtrack USA where she interviews winemakers and winery owners who share their stories, insights, and some humorous anecdotes.