Dear Friends of Palmaz Vineyards,
Dear Friends of Palmaz Vineyards,
“Meet Christian Palmaz, CEO of Palmaz Vineyards in Napa Valley. We discuss the history of Palmaz Vineyards and innovation in the wine industry. Christian shares some insight into building Palmaz Vineyards as a family business with a family atmosphere, traveling to various wine destinations, his favorite bottle of wine and what it’s like being a part of their wine club.”
The 2018 Vintage marks a breakthrough for Palmaz Vineyard’s grape sorting capability. In 2003 we developed a unique 3-axis vibratory conveyor that aided our team of sorters to visually identify and remove any deficient berries. Quite the tedious task, at the time this was the penultimate method for ensuring only the best fruit made it to the fermenter. However after several hours, even the most fastidious succumb to quality affecting fatigue. Finally technology has caught up with the capabilities of human dexterity and visual comprehension.
All of us at the Brasas Food and Wine Society are very excited to see the Fed Ex truck arrive and take away our first shipments of our 100% grass-fed wagyu beef raised on the ranch. The first 131 customers will be receiving their shipments in the next few days.
Fall is almost upon us and harvest just around the corner. But before I dive head deep into the season, I am compelled to reflect on this summer. Last moth I had the good fortune of accompanying a small group of Brasas wine club members on a Mediterranean cruise. I never expected the trip to be so memorable, joyful and of course delicious. We were a group of 36 who became the envy of the cruise ship. Known on the board as those “winery kids” we proceeded to stage a gourmand’s mutiny. Each each port more inspiring than the next, and dinner more festive than the one before. Over the course of 16 days the group bonded together. Between decadent afternoons over pasta in Venice, Limoncello in Amalfi, and bottomless bowls of bouillabaisse by the French seaside we laughed and inspired each other.
The primary goal of the trip was to learn about the wines of the regions. We sipped our way across the coastline of Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, and Slovenia. We began on the hallowed ground of Bandol sipping ethereal Rosés. Then we immersed ourselves into depths of Primitivo, and the Roman history of Italian coastal wines. Finally, we celebrated our good fortune with the Slovenia’s latest unfiltered sparkling wine that literally explodes!
Many friends in both Napa and Genesee Valley have been asking what are the Palmazes going to do with all those fancy Wagyu cows on their ranch in Plumas County? At last I can share with you all what we’ve been cooking up, literally…
This last year I have learned more about ranching in the High Sierras than I ever thought possible. Thanks to Michele and the whole team at GVR, we have developed an animal welfare program that is producing incredibly luxurious Wagyu Beef in the most humane and environmentally responsible manner. Additionally, I learned how to butcher a whole animal from Plumas County legend Denny Wright and Wesley Neer. And finally, I honed my culinary skills on the task of how to prepare every cut of beef on an animal.
The Palmaz Winery is a flawlessly engineered labyrinth of cave tunnels burrowed deep inside Mt George created for the single purpose of making a great wine. It’s complex structure spans over 100,000 square feet, 18 stories underground and nearly 3 city blocks deep. Understanding it’s overall architecture is quite challenging even for those who visit in person much less those who visit the website. The solution was to take the CAD drawings from the engineering team and recreate the facility and mountain in 3D. Over the years, with the help of brilliant 3D render artist Lance Hitchings, the models have become more and more life-like.
GROWING UP IN TEXAS, it was not surprising to have pies and flowers show up to the house when arriving to a new neighborhood. As a child, I remember my mother being constantly interrupted on moving day by neighbors just dropping by. On that day while she may have felt inconvenienced by the interruptions, the lasting impression of being personally welcomed by our neighbors bound us to that community forever. Some people call it Southern Hospitality, but after having met Margrit Mondavi, I can call it Wine Country Hospitality as well.
OK I HAVE TO CONFESS I was a little nervous when my sister mentioned that a car manufacturer wanted to film us in a promo piece for a new car. Automobiles and alcohol should not be a perfect pairing, but she is the creative and I am the technical so I rolled with it…
THE HONOR OF BEING nominated for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award was enough to send us into a state of bliss. Christian and Florencia travelled to Salt Lake City on Friday to attend the 28th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards knowing they were amongst the finest. The IBPA, or Independent Book Publishers Association, along with almost 200 book publishing professionals varying from publishers to bookstore owners, administer the Benjamin Franklin Awards.