On March 12th, 2017, our San Diego tasting room held its very first wine blending party hosted by our winemaker, Aaron Walker. For this event, Aaron brought the five single varietal wines that are used in the production of red Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec so that participants could mix and match their own personalized Pali Bordeaux blends.
Bordeaux wines were originated in Bordeaux, France, but due its popularity, Bordeaux varietals have been planted in wine regions across the world. Our Tower 15 "The Swell" label includes our take on this classic blend, The Swell, and our most recent vintage consists of 26% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 18% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
Attendees were given the opportunity to create their own versions of Bordeaux by using beakers to measure out precise volumes of each varietal. To ensure that our guests were well equipped for this task, many wines were tasted to understand the flavor profiles of each grape.
During the party, Aaron walked around the room to answer questions and to provide insight into the winemaking process while everyone enjoyed small plates and conversation.
The party was a fun time for all, and at the end of the night our guests took home a growler of their creations. We hope to hold another blending party soon, so stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, let us know which grapes you would like us to blend next!
We’re excited to announce the release of our
2015 Pali Cuvee vintage!
Our cuvee wines use only the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from select vineyards
blended together to create beautiful single varietal blends at affordable prices.
Read our tasting notes for each of these wines below and decide for yourself which wine you’d like to try!
2015 Charm Acers Chardonnay
Golden straw, brilliant clarity. Fresh and balanced, this Sonoma County Chardonnay offers aromas of fresh stone fruits – white peach, crème brulee, and sea salt – with floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. A fresh burst of acidity, followed with touches of toasty oak on the mid-palate and finishes clean with more tart acidity. Well-balanced with both minerality and a touch of new oak. Flavors of orange and lemon peel, green apples, baked peaches, brine, graham crackers and vanilla bean.
2015 Huntington Pinot Noir
Candied nose of sweet cherries, dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripe strawberries, maple syrup, boysenberries, toasted oak, dried thyme. Palate offers up bright red fruits, cherries and raspberries up front with earthy tones of wild mushrooms and black truffles. The mid-palate swells with rich acid and flavors of baking spices (clove, mace, cardamom). Long, elegant finish with black licorice, more red fruit and hints of black tea. Ruby Red, Garnet in color, bright clarity – medium bodied.
2015 Riviera Pinot Noir
Garnet, medium bodied, classic Sonoma County Pinot Noir with aromatics of fresh light red fruits (cherries and strawberries) leaping out of the glass, backed up with baking spices and hints of fresh-picked mushrooms and black tea. Flavors of sweet raspberries and cherries combine with anise, sweet oak and white pepper. A pleasant wine to drink from start to finish – great mouth feel balanced with acidity and soft tannins which provide for a long, silky finish.
2015 Alphabets Pinot Noir
This Oregon styled Pinot Noir leads off on the nose with a fresh scent of boysenberries and strawberries that swirl together with a hint of white pepper, bay leaves, pine sap, and nettles. The palate delivers a flavor of tart cherries mixed with cranberries that lay on a bed of mushrooms, black pepper, and oyster sauce. This intricate flavor finishes with dusty tannin and bright acid. The wine is red violet in color.
Purchase these wines here: http://www.paliwineco.com/Wines/Current-Releases
We want to fill you in on some exciting Pali projects for the upcoming year. One of our biggest announcements is that we are opening a new tasting room in Anaheim, California! Only a short drive away from Disneyland, our new Anaheim tasting room will be located across the street from the iconic Anaheim Packing House. This tasting room will include a variety of features already in place at the other tasting rooms . It has a modern, and clean look, designed with sustainability in mind and also features an outdoor patio. Other features of the tasting room that are universal at all Pali Wine Co. tasting rooms include wine on tap for growlers, small plates, live music, and wine club member pick up parties.
Another unique attribute of our Anaheim tasting room is that it will also function as a winery. We will be making small quantities of wine on the premises, and these wines, made in only very small quantities, will only be available in our Anaheim tasting room. As a part of the “Make” facility in Anaheim, all of the businesses produce some or all of their products on site. Our neighbors will be a brewery and a distillery.
Further South in California, our San Diego tasting room is nearly finished with all of its final touches! The upstairs and outdoor patios are being furnished with gas heating units to keep patrons warm and cozy during the colder winter months. We will also be having a special event at our San Diego Tasting Room coming up at the end of January featuring our Winemaker, Aaron Walker, where he will speak on the nuances and attributes of Pali Wines. Details to follow via email.
Finally, to kick off the New Year we will soon be releasing our 2015 vintage wines. These wines, including the 2015 Huntington Pinot Noir, 2015 Riviera Pinot Noir, 2015 Tower15 White Cap, and our 2015 Tower15 Dornfelder, will be available for purchase in the tasting rooms and online soon.
The Holiday season is quickly approaching, and if you find yourself short on gift ideas Pali has got you covered. We've also prepped the perfect selections to make your holiday parties a hit. So relax and enjoy the holidays, and let us worry about the shopping!
First on our list is everyone's favorite last minute go-to gift: gift cards.
Buy three or more gift cards, available in quantities of $25 and $50, and receive 20% off your purchase. This is the perfect idea for any wine lover and can be redeemed on our online store or in our tasting rooms.
Next on our list of deals are our hand selected wine pairs. Picking the right wines can be difficult. Allow us to match the perfect wines for you, and help you save a little money while we’re at it! Choose from Big Reds, The Duo (Pali/Tower 15 Pair), or our Premium Pair. These selections are great for Holiday parties as well if you’re looking to entertain guest or just hang out by the fire.
If you have a true wine fan on your list, or looking to do something extra special with friends and family, allow us to take you on a VIP tour of our tasting rooms! This exclusive deal includes a VIP tasting for four, small plates, and an extra full glass of wine and can be redeemed at any of our 3 locations. If you have any questions regarding reservations, please contact Valerie@paliwineco.com. More details to come.
Last but not least, we will be offering a shipping flat rate of $5.99 on any orders of 4 bottles or more during the entire month of December. Choose from our entire selection of Single-Vineyard designated, Cuvee, or Tower 15 wines.
Enjoy $5.99 flat rate shipping throughout December, and stay tuned for more information on our gift deals.
The grand opening of our Pali Wine Co. San Diego tasting room was a great success. After a few weeks of a soft open, we invited our San Diego customers and club members as well as friends and family to an opening party on Novemeber 6th, marking our official opening.
With four wines on tap and all other Pali and Tower 15 wines available by the bottle, our guests enjoyed a few leisurely hours of great service, conversation, and of course, Pali Wine Co.’s finest selection of wines.
The promise of “Fine Wines & Good Times” was fulfilled.
Throughout the grand opening, the tasting room hosted upwards of 200 guests cycling in and out of the ground level tasting room, back room, and upstairs patio. The guests were also treated to a selection of charcuterie boards and small cheese plates to compliment the complex flavors of Pali Wines available. The upstairs patio also featured live music by Heather Nation, who preformed a selection of original pieces and popular covers.
As twilight faded and the sun began to set, the tasting room shifted from a private party to regular tasting room hours. Local guests and remaining party goers enjoyed the tasting room.
Check out what our guests had to say:
“Excellent wines, great staff -- Will definitely be a frequent customer.”
“We had a very nice time at the grand opening event and can’t wait to be regular customers! All of the wines were delicious!”
“Love the clean and modern feel of this tasting room. Located in the heart of Little Italy, this place is great for pre-dinner or a sophisticated night out. The staff are so friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating! You have to try this place out next time you’re in the neighborhood.”
Pali Wine Co.’s San Diego tasting room is open seven days a week.
Hours of Operation are:
Monday – Thursday: 3pm to 9pm
Friday: 3pm to 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
For more information please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PaliWineCoSD
"We are so excited to bring the Central Coast down to San Diego! Our wines feature some of the most sought after grapes of the Central Coast, and along with our artisan cheeseboards, San Diego is in for a treat." - Margeaux Harris.
As the opening of our San Diego wine tasting room quickly approaches, we are more excited than ever to open the doors in Little Italy of our newest location. With so many things to do in San Diego, we feel that our Winery will be the perfect addition to the bustling atmosphere of Little Italy.
In similar fashion to our tasting rooms in Lompoc and Santa Barbara, we will be showcasing our two labels, Pali and Tower 15 with distinct tasting flights and wine by the glass. This new location however will feature a tasting menu designed by Food & Events Manager, Lisa Lungstrum, who is thrilled to share her new menu with the city:
“We can't wait for San Diego to experience our new tasting room in Little Italy. Between the line up of delicious wines, the beautiful rooftop deck and our creative food menu, you are in for a wonderful experience and we look forward to seeing you.” - Lisa Lungstrum, Food & Events Manager.
Our team has been hard at work putting the final touches together for our opening, and the results are looking fantastic. With indoor and outdoor seating, customers can enjoy wine at the bar or upstairs on our beautiful rooftop deck overlooking the streets of Little Italy.
The Tasting Room is set to open next week, and we can't wait to bring our handcrafted wines to San Diego. For more information on our Tasting Rooms, please sign up for our mailing list.
Thanks for drinking Pali and we hope to see you very soon!
Every year, we look forward to releasing our single-vineyard wines. All of our releases are full of excitement, as they are the moment when we can finally share our wines with our customers. Our single-vineyard release takes on even more import since these wines are the gems of our portfolio. We make these wines in very small quantity, and they receive the highest amount of attention during evey phase of the grape life cycle and during the winemaking process. This year's lineup of single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays includes these Sta. Rita Hills Vineyards: Huber Vineyard, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Cargasacchi Vineyard, Rancho La Vina Vineyard, and our newest addition Radian Vineyard. We're so excited for you to taste through our 2014 single vineyard wines!
Pali's winemaking philosophy centers around the quality of fruit and making a wine that express the unique qualities of each piece of land. We think this approach to winemaking results in the highest quality and most delicious wine. We're so excited for these wines to finally leave the barrel and arrive in our tasting rooms, our online store, retail shops and restaurants throughout the country.
It is also very exciting when critics enjoy our productions. In the past we have been honored to receive high ratings from top critics such as Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, and we are happy to announce that this year is no different. One of our founders, Tim Perr, had this to say about this year’s single-vineyard production:
“We work very hard to craft single vineyard wines each year that accentuate the qualities of the premium vineyards that we source from as well as the vintage. We are gratified that the critics have recognized our efforts with these excellent scores on our 2014 Santa Rita Hills wines.”
Check out these reviews from Robert Parker:
"The 2014 Chardonnay Huber Vineyard has a classy bouquet of buttered orchard fruits, charcoal, toasted bread and spice. Barrel-fermented (malolactic fermentation was mostly blocked) and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak, drink this rounded, layered, yet still fresh and lively white over the coming 4-5 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard has lots of kirsch, spiced red fruits and loamy earth in a charming, medium-bodied and elegant style. Coming all from clone 115, completely destemmed and aged 15 months in 50% new French oak, it’s an outstanding Pinot Noir that I’d happily drink over the coming 4-5 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
“From a top tier vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2014 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard comes from two clones, the Pommard and 777. It was destemmed and spent 18 months in 50% new French oak. This fresh, lively, medium-bodied beauty gives up slightly lifted notes of red currants, red plums, violets and incense on the nose. It’s a little rough around the edges on the palate, but has plenty of charm and should drink nicely for 3-4 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
“A beautifully complete and layered effort is the 2014 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina, which like the Radian Vineyard release comes from the 777 and Pommard clones and was aged in 50% new oak. Giving up lots of kirsch, dried herbs, earth and spice, this medium-bodied, seamless and elegant 2014 has outstanding purity of fruit and is a joy to drink. It should keep nicely through 2022.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
To check out the tasting notes and ratings for all of our single-vineyard wines click here!
Grapes have been coming in at a very steady pace for the last 5 weeks. We kicked off harvest by picking some Pinot Noir from our SRH estate vineyard for a sparkling wine program on August 10. Since then we have been seeing most of our Pinot Noir grapes ripen and some of our other white varietals from various vineyards throughout SBC. Up north, we have pulled in about 85 tons of Pinot Noir from our other estate vineyard in Sonoma.
As of Sept. 15, we are approximately 50% done with picking for the season. We still have a little more Pinot and Chard to bring in over the next week. As we get into late September/early October we are starting to pick our later ripening varietals - such as Cab Sauv, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Petite Sirah, etc - all for our Tower 15 label.
Weather has been very favorable for slow, steady ripening. We have not had any major heat waves (or wet, rainy weather) in the last 6 weeks. This has allowed us to pick grapes at just the right point of ripeness - Mother Nature has not been forcing us to pick too early, too late or in a rush - which is a dream.
-Pali Winemaker, Aaron Walker
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