Review: Palmina Wines – Lompoc, CA

Official Review by The Traveling Winers

Another fine tasting room experience in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto!  All of The Traveling Winers were by now getting somewhat more comfortable with this “wine tasting room in an industrial park setting” thing, although we still prefer the fully romantic version complete with vineyards and working winery.  However, what we learned quickly on this trip, this being the 4th industrial park setting tasting room, is that the experience can still be quite exceptional if the staff have that contagious passion for the business and are knowledgeable about the wines and the winery, if the tasting room is decorated in such a way as to enhance the tasting experience and bring about the romantic flair, and if the wines are yummy delicious!  And this is what we found at Palmina Wines.

We initially met with Jamie, host, who was getting slammed by all the folks coming in on this beautiful Saturday afternoon.  Within a short time, relief showed up in the form of Alejandro, the tasting room manager.  And that is when things started poppin’!  Alejandro really took us through the flight of wines in such an extraordinary way, explaining the wines, the vineyards, etc.   When it came to the Nebbiolo wines, since there were a number of them, he actually poured the 2007 and 2008 side by side so that we could clearly taste the difference.  We love it when a host can bring it down to our level of simplicity!

Their wines here are very, very nice! This winery has been open since 1995, being the 2nd winery to open in the Wine Ghetto.  They have about 350 acres (obviously outside of town) and grow 21 varietals, producing 20,000 cases, mainly Pinot Grigio and Dolcetto.

The Traveling Winers would definitely come back to Palmina Wines and would encourage you to do the same!  This was a great experience and worth doing again!

 

Tom Joe
“Hops ‘r Better” Winer

A winer’s winery with a tasting room, also incorporates a commercial kitchen to bring a unique tasting experience to both the casual winer and special events.  Customer service was excellent for both Jamie and Alejandro, even with multiple groups in the tasting room.

Elizabeth
“Hippie” Winer

This was a really great example of a group of people working together to pay homage to old-world traditions while embarking on new endeavors.  One gets a sense of gathering family to enjoy food, wine and conversation.  The wines are very enjoyable.

Miki
“This Is The Life” Winer

This is a great example of what a tasting-room-only can be like when excellence is employed!  From sharing their passion to displaying their knowledge the staff were top notch and the wines were right up there also!

Brian
“Timeless” Winer

The tasting room was very lively and fun.  Both the main tasting area and the extra room were occupied.  Excellent staff who were attentive despite being shorthanded.  Some very good wines.

The Winer’s Experience

AMBIANCE GROUNDS & SCENERY TASTING ROOM
Fun, laughter going on, welcoming, classic wine-tasting experience Industrial park on outside Large tasting room and bar, could accommodate a large number of people between the bar and the numerous tables.  Complete with a commercial kitchen where they provide frequent wine pairing dinners.
WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE CUSTOMER SERVICE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
Very fun!  Alejandro really knew his stuff and showcased the wines in an exceptional way! Five-star!  Both by Jamie and Alejandro Very good, in-depth knowledge of their assorted wines and their vineyards

Vineyard & Winery Information

WINERY NAME ADDRESS
Palmina Wines 1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc, CA  93436
HOURS
Th – Su: 11am – 5pm
EMAIL WEBSITE TELEPHONE
tastingroom@palminawines.com www.palminawines.com 805-735-2030
MUSIC WINE CLUB TASTING FEE
No Yes $10 Traditional, $20 Artisanal
TOURS FOOD OTHER
No Hors d’Oeuvres tasting room only (vineyards and winery at different location); Numerous wine culinary events – check website calendar

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