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This Brewery Has Great Wine

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“This Brewery has great wine.” When’s the last time you heard someone say that?
Well, if you go to 332 Evernia Street and visit The Vault, you hear that a lot, admittedly. The Vault is the Napa Valley-like wine tasting room, wine bar and retail store located in the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault. Premium wine in a brewery? Yes.
Here’s what you need to know about, and why, this brewery has great wine.

  1. This Brewery Has Great Wine. The owner of the brewery is actually a wine enthusiast, way before he got interested in craft beer.
  2. Vineyard Direct.  The owner purchases about 22 tons of premium grapes each vintage from select vineyards and carefully chosen rows and blocks in Santa Barbara Wine Country, including world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills. Many of you know the Sta. Rita Hills for the incredible Seasmoke Pinot Noir.
     
  3. Napa Direct. The owner also works with his team and winemakers in Napa and Sonoma to bring you big reds like Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District and also huge, delicious reds from sought-after vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford and Coombsville. If you like such wonderful wines as Rombauer, Chimney Rock, Merus, Mercury Head, Darioush, then there’s a great chance that you will enjoy the Pankauski Cellars line of wines from Napa. His Napa wines are un-apologetically big, that can be cellared for 10-15 years— wonderfully Napa. No dead wines here! If you are looking for medium body wines, he has them, just not, generally, from Napa. Vineyard direct, carefully crafted, small production, artisan wine available exclusively at The Vault at West Palm Brewery. These wines are all offered at 20-50% below what you would pay at a Napa winery or in a tasting room in Napa or Sonoma, whether on Rt. 29 or the Silverado Trail. The Pankauski Cellars and Drum Canyon lines of wines sold at the West Palm Beach Brewery offer truly significant savings for premium + ultra premium wines that are offered exclusively here. We have monster Cabs for $35 that would sell in Napa for $70-$90.  But, talk is cheap, so, you be the judge: try the Pankauski Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, the Pankauski Cellars Oakville red, the Pankauski Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Dad’s Blend Napa Valley or the Pankauski Cellars Spring Mountain Proprietary Red. Serious stuff!!   
      
  4. Wines that Speak to Place. Check out the owner’s Drum Canyon line of wines. Drum Canyon Cellars is a very particular label he created to highlight the incredible wines from the Santa Barbara Wine Country. AVAs such as Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley produce amazing Syrahs, Grenache, and Mourvedre as well as world class Pinot Noir.  Look for his Palm Beach Pinot to be released in November of 2018, which represents the 3 very best vineyard blocks which he had blended for this exclusive bottling. If you like great Cabernet from Napa, please also consider trying the Grenache and Syrahs from Santa Barbara. Why? Because at the brewery, we found that a lot of Floridians don’t consume Syrah or Grenache.
    But, if they like Cabernet Sauvignon, and, then, try Grenache or Syrah, they end up loving Syrah or Grenache!  The 2016 Drum Canyon Cellars Syrah, is velvet smooth, with a suggestion of a touch of eucalyptus and delicious, pure fruit. In other words, if you like Napa Cab, please try his Santa Barbara Syrah. Right now, he offers two Pinot Noirs from the Sta. Rita Hills under the Drum Canyon label: a 2014 from sandy soils on Rt. 246 and a more “mountainous” Pinot Noir from vineyards off of Santa Rosa Road from the 2016 vintage.
    Try them side by side or as part of a wine flight, or saddle them up next to the Pankauski Cellars Pinot Noir from Sonoma. (Pinot Noir loves please take note: the portfolio will expand over the next few months to include more Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and also Santa Lucia Highlands). Try the 2017 Drum Canyon Cellars Rosé (made from Grenache grapes vin gris method) or the 2016 Drum Canyon Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay vs. the 2016 Drum Canyon Cellars White Wine (a blend of white Rhone varietals). Coming soon for the summer: 2017 Drum Canyon Sauvignon Blanc. The two most popular wines, based on bottles and cases sold are the 2014 Dad’s Blend (Napa Cab) and 2017 Drum Canyon Rose from Santa Barbara. 

  5. Serious Premium and Ultra Premium Wine.  So, the wine offered here is very small production (25-300 cases) from very high quality, sought after vineyards and vineyard blocks, and is crafted in an artisan fashion. It’s premium wine and ultra premium. Made with passion + sincerity.  To be politely clear: we know that many breweries and restaurants offer wine that may not suit your palate. Some other places have mass-produced, unremarkable wine.  It is, perhaps, important to tell you what The Vault is NOT…… Let me just say that The Vault does NOT offer mass produced, over-oaked sweet wine made in bulk as an alternative for those who come to the brewery and don’t drink craft beer. No way. Our wine is here because the owner is passionate about great wine. And he has it made with painstaking care and attention. The wine is here because the owner is interested in creating a wine experience that, until now, you could only experience on the Silverado Trail or on Rt. 29 in Napa, or on Rt. 12 in Sonoma. Now, here at the brewery, you can try over 20 wines https://www.westpalmbeer.com/our-wines/  in The Vault, right here in Florida, with more being rolled out as vintages come and go and wine goes from the French oak barrels, to the bottle, on our distributor’s truck, to the brewery. Please try. Enjoy. Ask Wine Director Danielle Cesario about getting the VIP room for a private wine tasting, and tour, where we talk wine, food and travel while pouring 5-8 wines and munching on charcuterie and cheese. If you like reading about wine, https://www.winemag.com/ or talking about it, I think you will enjoy a private tasting. Hell, you can have dinner there or reserve The Living Room for parties of 8 or more. If you are around on Sundays, please learn why the West Palm Brewery is becoming THE PLACE to be on Sundays, with free wine tours, free brewery tours, live smooth jazz and All Day Rosé specials!   

 

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Jun 13, 2018