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Wine bar at West Palm Brewery yields wines as good as their craft beer

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OK, wine fans in Palm Beach!  Have you been to the #1 wine bar in Palm Beach county that is actually NOT a wine bar?  What?  Well, to get in on the limited production, super high quality wines from Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara, get on that wine train to 332 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.  Bring your credit card because you will want to bring a case home. And, bring your craft beer buddies because the #1 wine bar + retail shop is actually in a brewery !

  • #1 Wine Bar in Palm Beach.  Where is the #1 wine bar in Palm Beach County?  Well, consider this.  This wine bar was created by a wine lover who travels to wine country constantly.  Napa, Sonoma, Sta Rita Hills, Walla Walla, http://www.wallawallawine.com/washington-ava/    Bandol, http://bandolwinetours.com/  Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley, and Sicily are some of his latest stops –just in the last 9 months.   When he decided to create the downtown’s very first craft brewery +  tap room, he also wanted to create a top notch, top shelf wine barwine retail store where you would taste, swill, sniff and consume premium wines from select vineyards that you could not find elsewhere. “I created a wine bar as if you were on a vineyard on the Silverado Trail or on Rt. 29 in Napa” said owner John Pankauski.  “I had my contractor and architect create a tasting room atmosphere and look as if you were in Los Olivos or the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara.”  https://funkzone.net/map-of-the-zone/      
  • Wine bar tasting room.  Just like Napa !  The wine bar comes complete with a custom made poured concrete bar, where you can order dinner  https://www.westpalmbeer.com/our-food/  or a brewery bite, from the brewery restaurant (located in the tap room).  Or, simply sit at the wine bar and watch a game or national news on the HD 65″ Smart TV, or just sit and talk wine.  Crowds can gather in the “living room“– comfy couches + chairs near the street.  High top tables are available for larger parties and private tastings.  Wine & dinner pairings, and VIP events are available “behind the glass” in the fermentation room, where Pankauski gives free wine tours, typically each Sunday.  Want to talk wine, food, cuisine and travel?  You got it.  When the weather in West Palm breaks, right about now as we go to press, the front glass opens up since the hurricane proof glass front is in reality a set of high tech sliding glass doors, bringing the outside in.  Speaking of the outside, outside table service, food and wine + craft beer are served courteously outside where there is shade and plans for a renovated “deck”. 
  • The Vault.  That’s how The Vault at the West Palm Beach Brewery came to be.  The wine bar at this brewery has over 30 wines, and soon to be over 40.  https://www.westpalmbeer.com/our-wines/Top drawer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and big reds from esteemed vineyards in Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Stags Leap District, Coombsville to name a few.  If you like Insignia, Chimney Rock, and Merus, you may love these wines.  Good news: since the brewery + wine bar has/have a retail license, you can purchase bottles or case of wine to go.  Bad news:   limited quantities. 
  • Quality:  This wine comes from sought-after vineyards, which means that the grapes are some of the most expensive in the country.  Literally.  Throw in new French oak barrels and you get the picture.  This is not mass produced swill at $10 a bottle.  Although you will pay 30-50% less than you would in Napa, the quantities are small, typically 25-300 cases. So, when that vintage or varietal is gone, it’s gone. Until next harvest. 
  • Great Pinot Noir.  Now, we all love Cabernet Sauvignon.  But, this wine bar has 8 select, very limited, and incredible Pinot Noirs to choose from.   Delicious, tantalizing Pinot Noir from Sta Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma County.  If you like Seasmoke or Meiomi or are familiar with Rita’s Crown vineyard, or the Pisoni-style of wines, I think you will like what this wine bar offers.   Try the 150 case Palm Beach Pinot. It’s made from the 3 top selections of the 3 best vineyards from the 2016 vintage in the Sta Rita Hills AVA.   At $35, it would sell for $60 in the Russian River AVA  https://russianrivervalley.org/ or in the Sta Rita Hills. 

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Oct 21, 2018