Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Palmaz Vineyards: My Welcome to Coombsville

The Beginning of an Amazing Tour!

Palmaz Vineyards was introduced to me by my "Work Dad", who just happens to be an extremely knowledgeable wine collector (and a Palmaz Brasas Society member). He told me that if he could pick only one winery in Napa to visit, it would be Palmaz. Naturally, I booked our tour and tasting as my next adventure into a new AVA (Coombsville) and it was beyond amazing!

The Winery
We stared off by parking on one of the many levels of the winery and hiking our way to the main level of the property. We were warmly greeted by Florencia Palmaz who is the CEO (and awesome daughter) of this family run winery.  After taking in the amazing views from the hillside, we retreated into the winery and learned about the Palmaz wine making philosophies and how they guide their grapes into crafting incredible small production wines. I was in awe of their state of the art wine making processes and facility, as I should be - Palmaz Winery is the largest completely underground gravity flow winery in the world! It was the cleanest full production winery that I had ever seen, we were all joking that we could eat off of the ground because it was immaculate.

Views from the bottom
After making our way through several stories in the production area, we took the elevator back to the main level for our seated tasting. Palmaz features four wines and four delicious paired bites to complement. We sat down and enjoyed tasting through the wines with Florencia. She guided us through each wine by discussing them, then displaying detailed information about the wines on a flat screen. The tasting, just like the facility, was cutting edge and different from any other winery that I have visited.

The Tasting
Ultimately, we truly enjoyed every wine and the experience at Palmaz was incredible. I left with several treasures to enjoy on a special occasion. I would recommend this tour for any small groups who would like to learn the difference between gravity flow wine making processes vs traditional, view a truly unique facility, enjoy an intimate tasting with a family member of the winery, and taste several very well made cabernets. I know that we will plan another trip to the winery soon with friends in tow. It is definitely one of those hidden gems in Napa where you will make lasting memories and find very special wines.

Barrels in the Palmaz Cave
*I need to put a quick disclaimer in here: Unfortunately my photo taking skills were not doing the winery justice, so I grabbed a few (with permission) from the Palmaz gallery to post in the blog. Enjoy!

Tips - Palmaz Vineyards:
  • The tour and tasting experience is available by appointment only and the fee is $60/person. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • If you're going to plan a tour or tasting here, make this your first stop. You won't regret it!
  • Expect to spend 2-2.5 hours here...each group tastes with a Palmaz family member and you will want to relax and enjoy this experience.
  • Bring layers, your tour will primarily be inside and you may want to have a sweater or jacket.
  • If you are a foodie, ask about the Brasas Wine Society, they have AMAZING upcoming events!

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