The title of my first post is "Palama," the vineyard I had the great opportunity to visit two days ago. Over the next few days, I'll follow it up with "The pull of Puglia" (the "g" is silent). The second title has double meaning that I will explain in due time.
Palama is a vineyard whose wines are imported by Small Vineyards based out of Seattle and distributed by Valley of the Sun, in Phoenix. Through some networking with some amazing folks (thank you Erica and Antonio!), I have arranged a handful of visits to some of the Small Vineyard winegrowers. Palama was my first.
I arrived at Palama at 10 AM sharp, as scheduled. Immediately, I get a look of "Oh brother, another tourist" (I stand out like a sore thumb, BTW). As clearly as I could, I explained that Antonio Sanguneti had set up an appointment with Nini for me. I get a stern look and then a shout "Nini!.." who promptly shows up. Again, I explain and get a few more quizzical looks. "OK, we take you on tour and tasting."
|backstage at Palama|
|passion runs deep here|
After the tasting, Nini presented me with two bottles of wine. One was the Nocello. The other... "this one is special." Its a wine he crafted in honor of his father Arcangelo. The back label reads "In memoria D'Arcangelo, padre della azienda. Dedicato a lui per il vostra placere."
"In memory D'Arcangelo, father of the company. Dedicated to him, and for your pleasure."
"Feeling honored" just doesn't explain how I felt walking back out into the Apulian sky and hopping on my bike.
As I rode away, Nini let out a big "Buono viaggio!"
|one of the wines imported by SV|