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Jay Gannon
October 21, 2016 | Jay Gannon

Pali Wine Co. Opening Doors to New San Diego Tasting Room.


"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, Tasting Room Manager.

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!



Stacey Rosser
October 3, 2016 | Stacey Rosser

Another great year for our Single-Vineyard release.

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.”

91 Pts.

- Jeb Dunnuck,

“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."

90 Pts.

- Jeb Dunnuck,


“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.”

90 Pts.

- Jeb Dunnuck,

“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.” 

91 Pts.

- Jeb Dunnuck,


To check out the tasting notes and ratings for all of our single-vineyard wines click here!


Aaron Walker
September 19, 2016 | Aaron Walker

Harvest Notes from Winemaker Aaron Walker

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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