Allison Levine #48

USA Los Angeles

Please The Palate: more than a job

Allison Levine is the owner of Please The Palate, a boutique agency specializing in marketing and event planning for the wine and spirits industry. With over 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and event planning, Allison is passionate about the world around her and the diverse people in it. Allison holds a master’s degree in international communications with a focus on cross-cultural training from the American University School of International Service. She holds a WSET Level 3 Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers.

When the passion becomes your career

Prior to launching Please The Palate, Allison worked at The Tasting Panel Magazine/Blue Lifestyle, running the marketing and events division and focusing on organizing over 75 trade events each year across the United States. Always passionate about wine and serious about making her passion her career, she started out at LearnAboutWine where she built and ran the start-up wine education business, organizing classes and private events throughout Los Angeles.  After that, she was in the trenches as a sales rep at importer/distributor Chambers and Chambers where she learned about the wholesale aspect of the industry.

A freelance writer with an international background

As an industry expert, she has worked with wine regions around the world. She has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in Italy, Spain, and Mexico where she developed her passion for food and wine. Her work allows her to live life to the fullest and, as a freelance writer, Allison communicates her experiences in articles for various publications, as well as in her blog. Allison is the US Host for the international podcast Wine Soundtrack where she interviews winemakers and winery owners who share their stories, insights, and some humorous anecdotes, and she is co-host of the YouTube wine series Crush On This. Allison is a judge at wine competitions and moderates wine panels for different organizations.

She is a regular contributor to the Napa Valley Register, Monarch Wine, Tasting Panel Mag, California Winery Advisor, and BIN (Beverage Industry News). Her work has also appeared in SommTVMag, WineTraveler, Travel Curator, Wander Wine Wonder, Alcohol Professor, Daily Ovation, ATOD Magazine, Wine Industry Advisor, Drizly, WineTouristMagazine, Thrillist, LA Weekly, Caviar Affair, LAPALME Magazine, FoodableTV, Drink Me Mag,, Wine Country This Week, and SommJournal. Allison is the host of the podcast WineSoundtrack USA where she interviews winemakers and winery owners who share their stories, insights, and some humorous anecdotes. Allison can also be found on YouTube where she reviews wines in one-minute videos for the Wine Weirdos and hosts a chat about wine on Crush On This.

2020/2021 Notable Achievements: 

  • Top 101 Wine Writers of 2020 award, Corking Wines
  • Top 100 Wine Blog, Feedspot
  • Launched the weekly video series Crush On This where three wine friends share their knowledge of and love for wine
  • Member of Circle of Wine Writers
  • Member of Women for Wine Sense
  • USA TODAY 10Best Expert for Reader’s Choice Awards
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