is all about relationships. Relationships that bring people
back to the table to sustain themselves with good wine
and food, conversation and a small respite from the hustle
and bustle of today’s world. Palmina crafts wines
that are a key part of that equation; wines that
can be enjoyed everyday, and that complement and enhance
a wide range of food styles.
Palmina produces wines from Italian varietals
grown in Santa Barbara County,
California. Steve and Chrystal found that the climate and soil types
here are similar to those in their favorite regions of Northern Italy. Each
have unique microclimates – Piemonte, Friuli and
Santa Barbara County - that are similar. All feature cold air pushing
warm air to create growing conditions that provide enough
sunlight to help fully develop fruit flavors. And all three regions enjoy cool
night temperatures that maintain the grape’s natural
acidity levels, and which allow winemakers to create “food
wines” with a balance of fruit, tannin and acid.
though, is not attempting to emulate what the Italians have
done for years with these grapes. The intent is to make
the best food wines possible by understanding
the translation of the region, grapes and foods and how they are best interpreted here in Santa
Barbara County. Just like translating a piece of literature
from one language to another, the meaning must be the focus, not just the verbiage.
In Italy, food and wine is
part of a healthy, happy way of life that brings people
together. Palmina wines are made in a deliberate manner
that allow each to complement food. Indeed,
these wines are simply a part of the meal - an extension
of the plate.