The Frugal Grape

No Drop Wasted


About Me

My name is Shannon Pate.

I live in sunny San Diego, CA

Although my first sip of wine was when I was just one year old (long story...) my real interest in this magical beverage began fairly recently.  Of course I quenched my thirst with it since age 21 (Err, yup, I swear, Mom! Age 21...) but eventually I grew thirsty for the hows, wheres, whats and whys behind the wine. 

 So I signed up for a Wine 101 class! At the end of class, the instructor announced that she also offers Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certification courses if anyone was interested. I was interested, and I was hooked. And as of 2016 I became certified in WSET Levels 2 & 3. 

I started The Frugal Grape as a way to put my education into practice as I studied through the WSET courses. I don't have the budget for fancy, expensive wines (and neither do most people), so my whole brand revolves around reviewing delicious but affordable wines. That's the obvious part of my "frugal" concept. The other part is not being wasteful. Ok, ok, maybe that's just how I'm justifying the fact that I like to drink a lot of wine, but so what? 

I am going to sip, savor and appreciate every last drop in that bottle or glass, and I invite you to do the same. 

Wine Whereabouts

My Visits to Local Tasting Rooms & Wineries


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Websites for Winos

Wine Folly

A great place to learn the basics of everything wine-related

Wine for Normal People

She offers online classes, but also download her podcast for some really educational info while you're driving to and from work


Online wine magazine with wine reviews and the latest wine news

*Please enjoy your wine responsibly!