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Vintage 2.0, geeks reprogram wineries

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Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 1:42 pm by Tony Landucci Sonoma West Staff Writer | ORIGINAL ARTICLE

TankNet might not be a household name, but for winemakers like Rodney Strong, between Healdsburg and Windsor, it is the brainstem of a technological revolution in the wine industry. From controlling the fermentation process in the tank room, to generating a 3-D image of what is going on inside the tank, TankNet has become the go-to tech for the geeks of wine and beer making. The instant control extends beyond dials on a console, or a laptop computer wired into the tank room. Winemakers from Asti Winery in Cloverdale to Korbel in West County are able to monitor, make adjustments and tinker with their wine with a smartphone app.

TankNet started out as a computer based process to monitor and control the fermentation process in winemaking, giving vintners an advantage in foreseeing and avoiding problems before they happen. To Paul Egidio, chief technical officer for Acrolon Technologies, Inc., going from a traditional desktop or laptop computer to a tablet and smartphone was “just a natural iteration of the progression” of TankNet.

BEHIND THE WINE: NAPA VALLEY’S PALMAZ VINEYARDS

Photo by Amy Miller
Photo by Amy Miller
Amy Miller | October 27, 2015 | ORIGINAL ARTICLE

When Christian Palmaz, president of Palmaz Vineyards, wants to know the temperature in one of his 24 fermentation tanks all he has to do is look up. Projected across the domed ceiling of his family’s 18-story high winery is a graph for each tank showing metrics such as temperature and brix (sugar level). It’s like something NASA might have designed, yet it’s just one of many technological innovations developed by the Palmaz family at their state-of-the art, 110,000 square foot winery, the largest in Napa Valley. “No one else has anything like this,” Florencia Palmaz, director of marketing, told me on a recent visit to New York.

The vision came from vineyard founder Dr. Julio Palmaz (Christian and Florencia’s father), a native of Argentina who spent most of his career in medicine as an interventional radiologist. He is famous for developing the balloon-expandable coronary stent, which earned him a place in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. His love of wine came during his residency at the University of California at Davis in the late 1970s, when he and his wife, Amalia, spent their weekends tasting wine in Napa. Although his work took the family to San Antonio, Texas, they dreamed of one day returning to start a winery of their own. Their chance finally came in 1997 after Dr. Palmaz sold the stent to Johnson & Johnson.

THE BOOKS PART TWO: The Team Comes Together

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Once the details of the two-volume, two-edition book set (a limited-edition deluxe set presented in a wooden wine crate and slipcase edition) were in place, Mad/Dash Press publisher Aaron Sigmond brought on several longtime collaborators to help make the volumes as lustrous as possible: author Nick Kolakowski, who would work alongside vineyards President Christian Gastón Palmaz on Book One; creative director Liliana Guia; and photographer Nicola Majocchi.

JOONBUG.COM – Wining and Dining at the Palmaz Harvest Report

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM | Brittany Greco

As I stepped into the elevator and began my ascent to the 14th floor of the elegant Library Hotel, I knew I was in for a treat. An evening promising tastes of delicious wines, accompanied by delectable hors d’oeuvres and a marvelous view of Midtown Manhattan-what more could a gal ask for?

2015 Harvest Tracker

With the last parcel from 1400 in, that concludes the 2015 Harvest.  We can confidently say in-spite of lower yields, quality is excellent.  It’s quite unbelievable that we are wrapped up with harvest on just October 8th.  The lower yields and loose clusters can be attributed to a cold pattern we experienced during berry set (marked in blue on the weather chart below).  Fortunately the rest of the season was free of major issues.  We are very excited to continue to watch the 2015 develop through fermentation and finally in oak.  Cheers to another year in the door!

THE BOOKS, PART ONE: A Chance Encounter Leads to a Two-Book Set for Palmaz Vineyards

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A serendipitous meeting on the (not-so-high) seas off South America’s Atlantic coast led to a two-year collaboration that Palmaz is now pleased to announce to friends, Brasas Wine Society members and collectors of fine vintages everywhere: the January 2016 publication of a two-volume book set about the Palmaz vineyards, winery, food and entertainment.

Four Seasons Names Palmaz One of Best in Napa

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We wanted this to be our “What We Did During Summer Vacation” back-to-school essay. Unfortunately, however, summer is not when we take our vacations. And if we’re telling the truth, it took almost the last two decades of summers (not what we did just this particular one) for us to build up to receiving our two most recent accolades:

Welcome to Palmaz Digital

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WELCOME TO the relaunch and thorough reimagining of the website for Palmaz Vineyards. We figured it was due for an update. The original site debuted in 1998, a time when, if we have our history correct, Neanderthals rode T. Rex across the vast Internet plain.