The Tailor Made Wine Buyer Guide





There are a host of wine buyer guides across the web that often tell you what you should and shouldn’t be drinking – but how do these guides know what type of wine suits you and your palate? Sure, they are extremely helpful if you are seeking some enlightenment on wines you may never have heard of, but when it comes to parting with your hard-earned cash are you ready to take the plunge?
 
‘My Palate’ is a system that allows you to discover your own preferences, after all, wine is about exploration, enjoyment and understanding. Of course it wasn’t faultless at the start, but through rigorous testing, we think we have finally got there, so we found ourselves the perfect guinea pig to try it out…
 
My Palate: BBC food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden
 
When asked by CellarVie Wines to immerse himself in the ‘My Palate’ function, the BBC food and drink broadcaster, current drinks editor for Reader's Digest magazine, and chairman of both The Great Taste Awards and The World Cheese Awards was more than a willing participant. “Complete the questionnaire and we will personally recommend a number of nice bottles of wine tailored to your taste and based on your answers,” we enthused. In truth, Nigel Barden didn’t take much convincing.
 
For a man generally accustomed to sampling and subsequently championing the virtues of British ingredients and some of our and other countries’ finest artisan producers, it was not a hard sell.
 
Additionally he’s tasted, talked and written about wine throughout his career and he knows his Chablis from his Chateau Musar. So while he was an ideal candidate to try out our meticulous algorithm that aims to make choosing wine both easier and more informed, there was also no fooling him in terms of our subsequent recommendations.
 
Seven brief questions later and CellarVie Wines presented the esteemed Mr. Barden with a list of wine suggestions, varying in price and style, and ranging from the Drostdy-Hof Winemakers Collection Chardonnay 2011, a South African wine currently discounted on our introductory offer, to a £55 bottle of Chardonnay from Burgundy. 
 
 
 
Displaying a preference for red and white wine over sparkling and rose, but an equal desire to experiment with wine selection, the ‘My Palate’ function on CellarVie Wines offered Nigel a plethora of options reflecting his diverse answers to the questionnaire. 
 
“I have an adventurous palate so to be directed towards a dozen different countries and a host of different grape varieties is right up my vinous alley.” Nigel enthused, having been presented with an eclectic array of wines designed to suit his palate.
 
“Torrontes, Marsanne, Viognier, Carmenere and Nero d'Avola might sound like a bunch of desperadoes in a Clint Eastwood Western rather than intriguing and exciting grape varieties, but that's the kind of steer I'm looking for in my wine quaffing. So thank you CellarVie Wines for the heads up. As a Yorkshireman is was also nice to see that some of your recommendations appeared on your introductory offer. Now where's my corkscrew!”
 
Why don’t you follow his lead, start your tailor made buyer guide experience and let us know what you think?  
 
 

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