On a recent trek to Temecula Wine Country, some 50 miles from San Diego, I decided to revisit Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery. For a lesser known, boutique winery, Palumbo’s packs a lot of punch! Most people probably drive right past the dirt road that leads up to the 13 acre vineyard, not knowing what they’re missing!
Palumbo’s is best known for its sustainable farming practices and produces only 2,500 cases of handcrafted wine each season. Varietals include Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot.
There is a good-sized outside patio with several tables and umbrellas to sit, sip and savor the delicious wines while gazing out over the vineyard.
The 2010 Viognier “Buon Vicino,” is a mellow citrusy white wine that echos with soft grapefruit undertones, followed with a smooth peachy finish ~ a perfect summer wine. The 2009 Syrah Clone 877, is dark and jammy, reminiscent of lush blackberry and raspberry jam, aged beautifully and certain to delight the most discriminating Syrah-lover.
Winemaker Nick Palumbo and his wife Cindy take immense pride in handcrafting each vintage and have a very loyal following. Next time you’re in the Temecula area, be sure and check out Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery for a special treat. www.palumbowines.com