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Choosing wines should be simple, but all too often it is overwhelming when it does not have to be. At taste56, we’ve developed a simpler, better way for you to find wines you’ll love, called Palate Character which focuses on a wine’s style and what’s in the bottle rather than grape varietal or other technical jargon. 

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Take the Palate Character quiz and receive 10% off your first order.

The quiz acts as a starting point to guide our initial suggestions based on the styles we think you will like the best. We then ask you to rate the wines.

 

Palate Character is a much more natural and intuitive way to organize wine than the more conventional approach of grape varietal or region. It refers to the style of wine, rather than the grape varietal or where it was grown.
 
As you begin to shop using Palate Character not only will you receive targeted recommendations, you will learn more not only about wines you like, but more broadly about the world of wine, empowering to explore new wines with the knowledge that they fit YOUR Palate Character. 

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Based on your ratings, the Digital Somm creates a digital fingerprint which not only provides personalized recommendations, but also, the more you use it, the more tailored the recommendations become.

 

The Digital Somm helps you navigate issues that currently plagues the wine business by empowering you to curate on your own and learn what wine is best for you, rather than have someone tell you what you should like.  Think of the Digital Somm as a fashion or music recommendation app, but rather than introduce you to music or clothing that fits your taste, it creates a digital fingerprint of the style of wine you prefer based on how you rate wines you’ve tried.  You will never have to shop uneven recommendations again. 

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Palate Character is a much more natural and intuitive way to organize wine than the more conventional approach of grape varietal or region. It refers to the style of wine, rather than the grape varietal or where it was grown.

As you begin to shop using Palate Character not only will you receive targeted recommendations, you will learn more not only about wines you like, but more broadly about the world of wine, empowering to explore new wines with the knowledge that they fit YOUR Palate Character.

Bright & Crisp

Refreshing, due to their higher acidity, these wines tend to have little or no oak, restrained alcohol, and are very versatile with a broad range of foods. They are lighter bodied, generally bone dry, with a textural zing!

  1. Von Winning Lime Rift 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Von Winning
    Lime Rift
    2022
    Pfalz
    Germany
    $27
  2. Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2023
    Bright & Crisp
    Beaumont
    Chenin Blanc
    2023
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  3. Domaine Denizot Sancerre 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Domaine Denizot
    Sancerre
    2022
    Sancerre
    Loire
    France
    $36
  4. Jacqueson Rully Blanc 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
    Rully Blanc
    2022
    Burgundy
    France
    $48
  5. Arnot-Roberts Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Arnot-Roberts
    Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
    2022
    Yorkville Highlands
    Mendocino
    California
    $43

Balance & Finesse

Subtlety is the name of the game here. Whether it is acidity, body, or alcohol, the corresponding parts don’t scream for attention. Rather, the emphasis is on how well they play together.

  1. Balance & Finesse
    Gabriëlskloof
    Amphora Sauvignon Blanc
    2022
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  2. Balance & Finesse
    Alberto Orte
    Atlántida Blanco
    2021
    Jérez
    Spain
    $45
  3. Arautava Listán Blanco 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Arautava
    Listan Blanco Seco
    2022
    Tenerife
    Canary Islands
    Spain
    $23
  4. Savage Salt River 2023
    Balance & Finesse
    Savage Wines
    Salt River
    2023
    Stellenbosch
    South Africa
    $18
  5. Olivier Merlin Mâcon la Roche-Vineuse 2020
    Balance & Finesse
    Olivier Merlin
    Mâcon la Roche-Vineuse
    2020
    Mâcon
    Burgundy
    France
    $35

Rich & Full

Rich & Full wines are full bodied, often with higher alcohol (or sweetness) and balanced or understated acidity. Sweetness can vary quite a bit, from higher alcohol dry California Chardonnay to sweet German Rieslings, but the commonality is a rich, weighty texture.

  1. Mustiguillo Mestizaje Blanco 2021
    Rich & Full
    Bodegas Mustiguillo
    Mestizaje Blanco
    2021
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $16
  2. Diatom Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2022
    Rich & Full
    Diatom
    Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $33
  3. Dominio do Bibei Lapola 2020
    Rich & Full
    Dominio do Bibei
    Lapola
    2020
    Ribeira Sacra
    Galicia
    Spain
    $32
  4. Bodegas Shaya Habis 2020
    Rich & Full
    Bodegas Shaya
    Habis
    2020
    Rueda
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $33
  5. Herència Altès Garnatxa Blanca 2022
    Rich & Full
    Herència Altés
    Garnatxa Blanca
    2022
    Terra Alta
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $15

Light & Bright

These light bodied Red and Rosé wines are often fruit forward in style with low tannin, and elevated acidity, but please don't call these wines lightweights! The bright acidity makes these wines not only versatile with food, but also refreshing and delicious by themselves. Serve with a slight chill.

  1. 4 Mono GR-10 Tinto 2021
    Light & Bright
    4 Monos
    GR-10 Tinto
    2021
    Madrid
    Spain
    $22
  2. Raventos í Blanc De Nit Rosé 2021
    Light & Bright
    Raventos í Blanc
    De Nit Rosé
    2021
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $27
  3. Clos Fornelli La Robe d'Ange 2022
    Light & Bright
    Clos Fornelli
    La Robe d'Ange
    2022
    Corsica
    France
    $21
  4. Clusel-Roch Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules 2021
    Light & Bright
    Domaine Clusel-Roch
    Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules
    2021
    Coteaux du Lyonnais
    France
    $26
  5. de Fermo La Cince Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore 2022
    Light & Bright
    de Fermo
    Le Cince Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore
    2022
    Abruzzo
    Italy
    $41

Smooth & Silky

Elegant and approachable, Smooth & Silky wines are about finesse. The proportions of acidity, body, and alcohol are balanced and understated. As Aristotle wisely noted “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

  1. Smooth & Silky
    Alberto Orte
    Escalada do Sil Tinto
    2020
    Galicia
    Spain
    $48
  2. La Follette Los Primeros Pinot Noir 2021
    Smooth & Silky
    La Follette
    Los Primeros Pinot Noir
    2021
    Sonoma Coast
    Sonoma
    California
    $26
  3. Presqu'ile Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Presqu'ile
    Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $26
  4. Antoine Sunier Morgon 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Antoine Sunier
    Morgon
    2022
    Morgon
    Beaujolais
    France
    $33
  5. Lioco Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Lioco
    Mendocino County Pinot Noir
    2022
    Mendocino
    California
    $25

Round & Fleshy

As the name Round & Fleshy might suggest, these wines are not shy. From ripe grapes grown from warmer vintages and/or climates, these wines often have generous, ripe, almost sweet fruit and higher alcohol, with respectively lower tannin and balanced acidity.

  1. Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2022
    Round & Fleshy
    Day
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $30
  2. El Enemigo Malbec 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    El Enemigo
    Malbec
    2020
    Mendoza
    Argentina
    $28
  3. Paulo da Silva Casal da Azenha 2017
    Round & Fleshy
    Paulo da Silva
    Red
    2017
    Colares
    Portugal
    $16
  4. Domaine des Entrefaux Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2021
    Round & Fleshy
    Domaine des Entrefaux
    Crozes-Hermitage Rouge
    2021
    Crozes-Hermitage
    No. Rhône Valley
    France
    $30
  5. Andrew Murray Vineyards Tous Les Jours Syrah 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    Andrew Murray
    Tous Les Jours Syrah
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $20

Tone & Backbone

Tone & Backbone represents wines with proportionally higher acidity and/or tannin that combine to create medium to full bodied wines. Not flashy, these dry wines are defined more by structure and restraint. The elevated tannin and acidity mean the wines particularly sing when combined with the right food, and will age gracefully.

  1. Tone & Backbone
    Gabriëlskloof
    Landscape Syrah On Shale
    2019
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $39
  2. Pierre Cornu-Camus Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières
    2022
    Savigny-lès-Beaune
    Burgundy
    France
    $39
  3. Pierre Cornu-Camus Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net
    2022
    Pernand-Vergelesses
    Burgundy
    France
    $39
  4. Pierre Cornu-Camus Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge
    2022
    Pernand-Vergelesses
    Burgundy
    France
    $29
  5. Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Cristom
    Mt. Jefferson Cuvée
    2022
    Eola-Amity Hills
    Willamette Valley
    Oregon
    $46

Powerful & Extracted

Rich in flavor, dark in color, and full bodied. These wines err towards bold and intense, without sacrificing complexity. Balance is key; Powerful & Extracted wines are also age-worthy wines that often benefit from decanting to show their true colors.

  1. Powerful & Extracted
    Gabriëlskloof
    Whole Bunch Syrah
    2021
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  2. Pied à Terre Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Powerful & Extracted
    Pied à Terre
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2017
    Sonoma
    California
    $37
  3. Valravn Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2021
    Sonoma
    California
    $21
  4. Valravn Zinfandel 2022
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $22
  5. San Salvatore Jungano 2020
    Powerful & Extracted
    San Salvatore
    Jungano
    2020
    Paestum
    Campania
    Italy
    $30