The Pregnant Palate: Tasting with a belly

Being 16 weeks pregnant, I thought I'd try to incorporate this hindrance – and benefit – into my blog. The obvious hindrance would be my inability to drink. The benefit? My enhanced senses for tasting. It's not easy carrying around a belly in the wine business, but it does give a different perspective!

This is my second time around at this, and I am very grateful for nature, who swoops in and makes wine absolutely unpalatable for the first few months and gets you used to not drinking. When the taste buds return, they come back full force, with additional receptors that seem to pick up on everything. Which is where tasting becomes so interesting.

So over the next few months, as I taste (and spit) wines that I deem worthy to share, they will be noted from a different palate – my pregnant palate.