On August 11th, the Branch held a reception, tour and lunch at Palmaz Winery at the base of Mount George in Napa Valley. CEO Christian Palmaz led a tour of the winery whose farming operations cover much of the 600-acre estate; one of the most technologically advanced wineries worldwide. The marriage of IT and Oenology have enabled Palmaz to create sophisticated and high-quality wines. After the tasting, the group was led into the winery which essentially is a multi-story facility inside the mountain. A sophisticated process merging ancient practices such as gravity flow with automatic sorting and electronic management of batch and wine-making techniques puts Palmaz at the forefront of intelligent winemaking.
A delicious lunch with Christian joined by wife Jessica Louise featured some of Palmaz’s most exclusive wines. The finale was a treat as Palmaz’s Porsche factory racecar collection was opened for viewing.
Shrimp Quenelles with a beure blanc and estate grown tomatoes on a bed of zucchini ribbons
Paired with 2015 Amalia Chardonnay
Spicy Melon Gazpacho topped with crumbled prosciutto and fresh mint leaves
Paired with 2016 Louise Riesling
Terderloin Medallions on a bed of white bean puree, timbale of sauteed spinach and bell peppers
Paired with 2014 Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Brownies and Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake
Paired with 2015 Florencia Muscat