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What Palm Beach wine shop offers you dazzling wines which you won’t find anywhere else?  Well, the good news is that the quality is very high and the prices fair, but this Palm Beach wine shop has, admittedly, limited quantities.  So, make a bee line for 332 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 for The Vault.    The Vault at the West Palm Beach Brewery is the retail store and Napa Valley-like wine tasting room at the downtown’s very first craft brewery.  Here’s what you need to know, and may want to know, about the best little wine shop in Palm Beach.

  • Napa Comes to Palm Beach.  The idea of creating the best Palm Beach wine shop came from John Pankauski, founder and owner of the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault. “I had originally wanted to plant a vineyard out in the Sta Rita Hills but decided against it.  As things unfolded, my interest in the craft beer industry gained traction.  It then became clear to me that I would create the very first craft brewery in downtown West Palm Beach and have a Napa Valley like wine tasting room and wine shop.
  • Artisan Wine Made with Sincerity + Passion   The wines offered at the brewery’s wine bar and wine shop are high quality wines. “We select our wines and varietals from site specific vineyards says Pankauski, who has veteran wine maker Ken Brown craft his Santa Barbara wines which are sold under the Drum Canyon Cellars label.   http://www.kenbrownwines.com           “Both Ken Brown and I really enjoy Pinot Noir .  The Sta Rita Hills has some the very best vineyards in the entire country for Pinot.  We carefully select small lots of premium Pinot from site specific blocks and rows.”  The proof is in the pudding.  Try the 2016 Palm Beach Pinot Noir  or the 2016 Drum Canyon Cellars Pinot Noir.  You will taste the 90+ point quality of the Pinot right in the glass. 
  • Vineyard Direct, Small Lot Wine    “We don’t  make a lot” says Pankauski.  “My grape contracts are for 2, maybe 3, tons of grapes, which makes about 100-150 cases.  My focus is on high quality.”  His job, as he relays  it, is to over deliver with high quality wine at an approachable price, and a Napa Valley like tasting room experience, at his Palm Beach wine shop.  If wine lovers embrace the concept, he’ll increase production as long as he can maintain quality. 
  • High Quality, Premium Wine    Beyond the 8 Pinot Noirs which this Palm Beach wine shop offers, from various AVAs, there are serious Rhone varietals including small lot Grenache, Syrah and, starting in 2019, Mourvedre. “I purchased four different blocks of high quality Mourvedre” begins Pankauski “All from the eastern part of Santa Barbara County, in the Santa Ynez area.  Mourvedre and the other Rhone varietals, like Grenache and Syrah, are late ripening and we harvest them last.  We selected vineyards further east from the Sta. Rita Hills to get a warmer climate for these grapes.”   His Grenache from the 2018 vintage will feature two offerings, one from the Thompson vineyard and one from Zaca Mesa.  He is heading to Santa Barbara to meet with his wine maker, Ken Brown, in early January for barrel tastings and to coordinate the 2019 harvest and to review grape contracts.  Later, in April, he will bottle his 2018 Rose’ (very limited, only about 70 cases) and his 2017 Syrah and 2017 “Undue Influence“, a new wine of Petite Sirah.  For big Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, check out the offerings under his Pankauski Cellars label from Coombsville, Rutherford, Stags Leap District (coming later, 2019) and a great red from Oakville.  His reserve offerings, in the black label come from Howell Mountain and steep hillsides in Calistoga.  They represent truly exceptional wines that would sell for $150 in Napa, at around $50 in his Palm Beach wine shop.  Exceptional wine.  Unique value.   Truly. 
  • Great Variety + Prices While Pankauski wants to “place” you in Napa Valley when you visit his Palm Beach wine shop and tasting room, he doesn’t want to set your wallet or pocketbook back too much.  He claims his wines are 20-50% off of what you would pay in a Napa Valley tasting room or wine store.  And he’s right.  The quality is high, the grape sources are top drawer and the prices are much lower than wine country.  Look for a new wine director to take over the Wine Club and introduce a wine on tap program of premium wines.  “No one is doing that in Florida” says Pankauski “My Palm Beach wine shop will be the first wine bar or tasting room to offer sincerely premium wine and ultra premium wine by the glass and on tap.”  The wine on tap program is all about freshness and a vibrant wine at a reasonable price.  There’s no bottles, corks, labels or tin foils to pay for, the story goes.  So, Pankauski passes on the savings to you. Look for glasses of premium wine to be $5-$7 for his premium offerings and about $10-$12 for his reserve offerings.   Look for the release of his 2017 Napa Chardonnay late this year and a summer bottling of his 2018 Gruner Vetliner.  
  • Independently Owned + Operated The West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault is independently owned and operated and does not distribute its craft beer. 


Jan 1, 2019