Archive | April, 2013

Palm Bay International Wine Tasting

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You may not know it, but many of the quality wines found in restaurants are imported by Palm Bay International. They are a fine wine and spirits importer which started off as a small family business and has grown to be a big company. Palm Bay International offers wines and spirits through retail stores and restaurants in the U.S. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. As one of North America’s premier names in fine wines and spirits, Palm Bay International is very renowned. Comprised of some of the most prestigious wine estates in the world, their portfolio is absolutely flawless. It encompasses anywhere from little known producers such as PFAFFL from Austria to very renowned names as Santa Rita from Chile or Fontanafredda from Italy.

On Wednesday April 24, from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM, Palm Bay put on an amazing wine and spirits tasting event. This was held at the prestigious Diplomat Country Club in Hallandale, Florida. The event was advertised online by many, but a very interesting website called local wine events was how many tasters heard about this amazing deal. Everyone thought it was a wine tasting of some of Palm Bay’s wines for $30. At the door, tasters were notified that this was a tasting of Palm Bay’s whole portfolio and were given a beautiful hard cover of their portfolio with every wine and liqueur house and all of their statistics and map. Wow, how exciting. What a great start to a mid-week night.

Out of many wines, there was a really unique merlot/cabernet blend from Ella Valley Israel. The winery is called Recanati and the Israeli wine maker is a graduate of UC Davis. Another big hit was the modern labeled Blue Fish estate bottled riesling. They offered a drier and sweeter version which were both really light and refreshing, perfect for summer. These rieslings were from the Pfalz Region of Germany where amazing pinot noirs are made as well. For a special treat, the Italian barolo La Rosa from Fontanafredda was amazing. This well balanced barolo had a beautiful ruby red color, intense nose, explosive tannins, great freshness and lots of rose, vanilla and tobacco notes. Another really unique wine from Italy, the Taurasi Dei Feudi Di San Gregorio, made in Campania from 100% aglianico was a real crowd pleaser. This wine had an intense bouquet of ripe berries, spice and vanilla with a deep ruby red color. The Mix 36 from Mazzei, which was a mistakenly made wine with 36 clones of the sangiovese grape, became such a hit, that the Mazzei family decided to market it. Some people just make great mistakes.

Since the tasting was so vast, it was hard for tasters to sample every label or a sort of hammock room would have needed to been placed nearby. The best part was that the actual producers and wine makers were the ones representing their estates. This felt like a very personal event for the vast size that it was. The event was very well organized and small hors d’oeuvres were even offered as a bonus. These small bites of food must have saved many from the tipsy syndrome. Palm Bay’s wines are distributed nation-wide through Southern Wine. Although South Florida does not have as many wine events as other big U.S. cities do, they sure know how to put on a great one…