Throughout the duration of my ongoing career in the wine industry, I have been asked countless questions regarding wine; however, one of the most common questions is how to taste wine. The creation of TASTE has origins in a desire to bring more understanding and clarity to consumers regarding wine production, food pairing, and the fundamental impor- tance of using the senses.

Wine Processes

Wine Regions

Vitis Vinifera

Over 10,000 varieties of Vitis vinifera are found world-wide and more than 1,300 are well known/commercial varieties. But don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize them all!


A vintage date on the label indicates the year in which the grapes were harvested. If a vintage date is shown on the label at all, an
appellation of origin smaller than a country must also be shown. If an American or imported wine uses a State or county, or the foreign
equivalent, as an appellation of origin, 85 percent of the grapes must be from that year;if a viticultural area or the foreign equivalent
is used, the percentage is raised to 95 percent.

“Estate Bottled” means that 100 percent of the wine came from grapes grown on land owned or controlled by the winery, which must be located in a viticultural area. The winery must crush and ferment the grapes and finish, age, and bottle the wine in a continuous process on their premises. The winery and the vineyard must be in the same viticultural area.


About Us

Pablo is a certified wine professional from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California.  He deepened his wine, and culinary knowledge with more travels to France and Spain. In 2008, Pablo obtained his certification as a Sommelier from the Spanish Academy of Sommeliers, in Barcelona, Spain.

Pablo has been working in different faces of the wine industry, sales marketing and wine education. In 2016 Pablo opened Bakai Wine Bar + Tapas in Monterey with two other partners. Lastly, Pablo is the director and creator of Pablo Antinao Wine School and author of TASTE; a comprehensive wine guide for the modern wine drinker, aimed to enhance understanding of the fundamentals of wine production, wine making, wine tasting, wine and food pairing, and much more!

Welcome To Winery

Our mission is to educate and empower consumers about
one of the most exciting and historical beverage in the world, WINE.

Today more then ever, the U.S market is becoming the epicenter of wine in the world! Not only because the U.S. is one of the major world producers of wine,but also

because other wine producing countries find the U.S. market attractive and very appealing.

How, as a consumer, can one take advantage of that? With some guidance and education about this exciting beverage, you can become a knowledgeable consumer,

you will obtain the knowledge to purchase quality wines yet to a
more affordable prices both locally and from around the world.
We welcome and encourage you on this adventure to the fascinating world of wine.

You will soon become your own “Wine connoisseur” and in the end, wine is the perfect excuse to connect with others, relax, share experiences with family and friends or just take your senses around the world with just one sip….. Salud!


Awareness of the senses and how to taste wine

In this workshop you’ll re-discover the role of the senses and how fundamental they are in our daily life. This…

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Wine Making for Aficionados, Parts I and II

Workshop Description: Making wine is a dream many people have, since wine has an aura of glamour, sophistication, and fun…

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Viticulture I and II, for Wine Aficionados!

Workshop Description: In the wine world we say that wine is made in the vineyard and that good wine cannot…

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Pablo Antinao’s, “Taste,” is an easy, enjoyable read that inspired me to find some new varietals and producers outside of my usual favorites. My dinner party friends have been benefitting from my new found tasting inspiration, too!   ~ Pamela Ann. Napa, CA.