Steve Clifton started Palmina in 1995 with a passion for producing Italian wine
varietals. His wines typically reflect an intermediate position between the
versions and the more austere, acidic (usually)
Italian varieties. Palmina wines were well received in California, and wine
producers in Italy also took notice. Soon, he and his wife Chrystal Seals-Clifton who is fluent in Italian, were presenting Palmina wines at Italian wine events. The
Palmina wines include Whites such as Vermentino, Tocai Friulano, Malvasia, and
recently Cortese, as well as the more familiar Red wines such as Barbera,
Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. And Chrystal also produces a Rosato called
Botasea. Quite an array of Italian varietals, all exceptional.
The 2012 Barbera is perhaps more old world style than prior vintages having
spent six months in neutral barrels and two years in cask. With aromas of berries
and orange peel, and a touch of spice, it is simply delicious. I have always
considered Barbera to be the Rodney Dangerfield of wines...it gets no respect.
But it deserves much more. As is our usual custom, we recently enjoyed a bottle
with Risotto in a light tomato sauce with prawns, yes prawns. We like to break
the rules...it was simply perfect. And it speaks well for the versatility and
of the Barbera.
For the entire month of May 2016 we are offering the Palmina Barbera 2012 at the
reduced price of $36 per 750 ml bottle and $9 per glass. Try it...I’m sure you will
The Palmina Tasting Room is located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, 1520
Chestnut, Lompoc, CA 93436. Tel: (805) 735 2030. Open Thursday-Sunday
until 5 pm. It is one of our favorite tasting rooms in Santa Barbara wine country.