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Forbes: The World’s 30 Best Wines In 2019

The world’s 30 Best Wines in 2019

Forbes | By Eustacia Huen | March 25, 2019 | Original Link

When it comes to choosing wines, sometimes you just want to go for the popular choice. If that resonates with you, then don’t miss Vivino’s latest 2019 Wine Style Award, which celebrates the best 1,640 wines across 164 different styles based on 40 million reviews and 120 million ratings on the wine app and website, according to founder Heini Zachariassen.

CBS: California Wine Goes High-Tech

California Wine Goes High-Tech

CBS Sacramento | March 27, 2019 | ORIGINAL LINK

NAPA COUNTY, Calif – Forget about stomping on grapes with your bare feet, wine-making just went high-tech. Felix is an intelligent wine-making assistant at the Palmaz Vineyards.

Lucire: A family vineyard with heart

A Family Vineyard with Heart

Lucire | By Elyse Glickman | Feb 25, 2019 | Original article

VOLANTE Elyse Glickman visits Palmaz Vineyards, a family-owned and run property that blends tradition with technology, aided by geology and a gift for winemaking.  PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE AUTHOR AND COURTESY PALMAZ VINEYARDS

Wine Soundtrack: The Fusion of Tradition and Technology

The Fusion of Tradition and Technology

February 16, 2019 | Wine Soundtrack | Original Link

Julio and Amalia Palmaz have always believed that if given the proper attention and care, their land can produce excellent wine for generations. Along with their children, Florencia and Christian Gastón (and Christian’s wife, Jessica Louise), they set about creating a winery that leverages tradition and technology in the service of crafting great vintages. The result is a 600-acre estate with 64 acres of vineyards that produce truly modern vintages, thanks to the technology harnessed in support of the art of winemaking.

The Wine Atelier Podcast feat. Palmaz Vineyards

The Wine Atelier Podcast #14: feat. Palmaz Vineyards

February 13, 2019 | Stephanie Miskew | ORIGINAL ARTICLE

There’s nothing better than curling up on a chilly Winter night with Steve and the puppies, a good movie (like Bohemian Rhapsody – AMAZING!) and a nice bottle of red wine. And if you’re also a fan of indulging in delicious, full-bodied red wines this time of year, you won’t want to miss my timely podcast interview with Christian Palmaz, CEO of Palmaz Vineyards, which is home to some of my favorite Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Wherever Family: A Family Vineyard with Heart

A Family Vineyard with Heart

Wherever Family | by Elyse Glickman | Jan 16, 2019 | Original ARTICLE

Napa is a celebrated romantic destination for Valentine’s Day (or President’s Day weekend and wedding anniversaries, for that matter). And what’s there not to love? The best-known wine production in America has going for it fantastic, spring-like weather, first-class dining, and a refined and sophisticated mix of familiar and emerging wineries. In fact, Napa Valley in some years has had more tourists populate its fields than Disneyland. For couples planning quality downtime, those crowds can deflate the romance factor.

A simple solution to the crowd issue is to take the road less traveled, and, for wine lovers, that means seeking out wineries a bit more hidden. That philosophy worked for Julio and Amalia Palmaz, regular vistors to Napa who loved the idea of winemaking so much they decided to relocate and purchase a winery in the 1990s. They happened upon a late 19th-century home in Coombsville (in Napa’s southern reaches) surrounded by 600 acres of land draped over Mount George. While 60 of those acres were ideal for the cultivation of grapes (particularly Cabernet Sauvignon), the couple discovered they uncovered a long lost piece of Napa’s winery history.

Wine Enthusiast: How Gravity-Flow Wineries are Taking Grapes to New Heights

How Gravity-Flow Wineries are Taking Grapes to New Heights

Wine Enthusiast | By Jessica Kelly | Jan 8, 2019 | Original Article

Somewhere between industrialized winemaking and the full-on natural/no-intervention movement, there are a growing number of producers using the environment—and more importantly, gravity—to refine their winemaking technique. Many believe that removing pumps or motors from the winemaking process preserves better fragrance and flavor. Some wineries have even gone so far as to build their facilities underground or on sloped land to bypass machinery and let gravity better work its magic.

Robb Report: Wine Wonder

GENIUS at Work: Wine Wonder

Robb Report | By Janice O’Leary | December 2018 Issue

Growing up on his family’s vineyard in Napa Valley, Christian Palmaz knew exactly what he wanted to be: a winemaker.  But after apprenticing, he learned he couldn’t quite read the wines the way a winemaker should.  But that didn’t stop him from wanting to help make a great wine.  He turned to his other passion instead, computer science.  –continue reading below–

Synology: Blending Art and Technology

Synology: Palmaz Vineyards – Blending Art and Technology

Palmaz Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery that is entirely encompassed inside Mount George. Unique to Palmaz is its own propriety ML software developed by Christian Palmaz, CEO. FILCS (pronounced “Felix”), stands for Fermentation Intelligence Logic Control System. It gives insight on fermentation by measuring variables in the process, then adjusts the temperature and rate of fermentation as needed. Another system, VIGOR, or Vineyard Infrared Growth Optical Recognition, monitors the health of the vineyard and adjusts irrigation accordingly throughout the growing season.

Forbes: Alcohol and Balance

Wines Of The Week: Alcohol And Balance

Forbes | By Brian Freedman | Aug 24, 2018 | Original Article

Discussions of alcohol levels in wine are analogous to the third rail of train tracks: Often dangerous to even approach, and it should only be done with extreme caution. This is because everyone, it seems, has an opinion about what constitutes an “appropriate” amount of alcohol. It makes sense: The abv in a bottle has a huge impact on the balance of the wine, the flavor profile, the texture, the ways in which it interacts with food, and more. Strong opinions, on either side of the proverbial aisle, are justified, and I find plenty of merit in both.

But as with all deeply held convictions, it’s far too easy for logical argument to devolve into orthodoxy, when the reality is that there are plenty of great wines that don’t have all that much alcohol (the Kutch Bohan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, for example, clocks in at 11.3% abv, and it’s magnificent, with copious red fruit, Indian spice, and roses leaving a lasting impression long after the wine has been finished) and just as many that have higher levels (the Faust Limited Release “Graffiti Edition” Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, which comes in magnum and boasts 14.9% alcohol, is balanced and assertive all at once, with chocolate, cedar, blueberry cobbler, cassis, and cigar tobacco). They are verydifferent wines, but I find a ton of pleasure in both.