Reviews & Recognition


Best of Napa & Sonoma Wines: 2011-2013 Vintages

By , The Corkscrewer Report, September 1, 2015

Pahlmeyer 2013 Chardonnay, 96 points Read More

Merlot Magic

By , Beverage Dynamics, September 21, 2015

Beverage Dynamics tasting panel reviews a set of international Merlots and finds Pahlmeyer at the top. Read More

What you can learn about wine from the makers

By , Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2015
Chicago Tribune

I'm lucky to regularly meet winemakers and winery owners from all over the world. Their conversations with me pass on so much about wine — what it means to them, what they themselves have learned about it and how better to appreciate it.I'd like to share some of these conversations, passing on to you what these folk first gave to me.About alcohol levels"You see the level of alcohol by volume on a label of wine because that's the law; but there are so many other chemical things that make the… Read More

Pahlmeyer plans to pass wine bottle to next generation

By , North Bay Business Journal, June 22, 2015
North Bay Business Journal

ST. HELENA – There’s an ongoing joke in Jayson Pahlmeyer’s family in which the Napa Valley winery owner keeps saying he’s going to retire to Aruba. Although he made that proclamation years ago, it hasn’t happened. Yet, the family has been taking steps for the wine business to continue when he decides to trade barrels for beach.A vast majority of Northern California wineries in business today were started after 1975, like Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch Vineyard, and about 75 percent are still… Read More

What to Drink Now: Chardonnay for Mother's Day

By , D Magazine, May 2015
D Magazine

Mother’s Day is this weekend and the perfect wine to celebrate mom with is chardonnay. This refreshing wine continues to be the favorite white varietal in America. Here are a few that are sure to please, a few selections were sent for editorial consideration...Elegant, textured and beautifully balanced, since its first vintage in 1989, Pahlmeyer Chardonnay has proven that Napa Valley is the ideal place to grow not only Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Chardonnay. Where most Chardonnay in Napa… Read More

What to Drink Now: Pinot Noir

By , D Magazine, April 2015
D Magazine

I am often asked what my favorite wine is, a tough question for a wine lover as a favorite truly depends on the circumstances of how you are enjoying it. The answer can change on any given day. However, the wine I would be completely happy drinking for the rest of my life would be a Pinot Noir. Though many varieties express their sense of place with ease, perhaps no other does so as well as Pinot Noir — which can be enjoyed with light to heavy dishes, fish to beef, soup to salad. Here are a… Read More

12 must-try New World pinot noirs

By , Fortune, April 2015

Our recent Fortune tastings have unearthed a number of terrific pinots. Here are our favorites. Read More

Pine Wine: Mountain Wines

By , Arizona Daily Sun, April 7, 2015
AZ Daily Sun

Arizonans know mountains, from Flagstaff's spectacular San Francisco Peaks to Tucson's imposing Santa Catalina Mountains. But do Arizonans know that mountains do more than provide beautiful scenery, recreation and ecological values? Mountains also can produce wonderful wines. Proof comes from California and elsewhere.Although there are no vineyards high on California's Sierra Nevada, some of the state's coastal mountains are another story. Napa's Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain are prime… Read More

Five White Lies About Chardonnay

By , Food & Wine, March 2015
FW March 2015

No wine has ever been so unfairly maligned as Chardonnay. F&W's Ray Isle debunks the myths and extols the magnificence of great bottlings at every price and in every style. Read More

Robb Report "Big Easy"

By , Robb Report, December 2014
Robb Report Dec 2014

When Jayson Pahlmeyer left his career as a contract attorney to become a California vintner, his goal was to produce a world-class red wine in the tradition of the great Bordeaux. He successfully smuggled illegal French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec into the United States. This minor crime brought major success: Pahlmeyer wines attract both high scores and collectors. But because the flagship wine is most often set in cellars for aging, Pahlmeyer… Read More