Malibu Beach Wines Opens its Doors

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Palmer points to his vineyard on map

As we explained in the launch announcement earlier this week, Winemaker Jim Palmer has opened a wine store in Malibu that showcases local wines. Malibu Beach Wines graciously invited us to end our week in the best way; joining them to enjoy some tastes, bites and meet the local winemakers yesterday.

Malibu Beach Wines is an unassuming white-coiffed shop with a beautiful destination on Pacific Coast Highway. As you walk in, it’s part down-home friendly, part amazing wine selection and altogether very comfortable.

The front room is retail offering hundreds of wines from Malibu and local areas, reaching all the way up to Oregon.

The backroom is designed as one of the coziest tasting rooms you may ever find — certainly the coziest in Malibu.

Tasting selection

The private tasting featured bottles from three wineries:  Palmer’s own Malibu Vineyard, then Shai Cellars by winemaker Shawn Shai Halahmy, and Hoyt Family Vineyard by Carol Hoyt. Each winemaker walked us through their selections.

The tasting included pairings with Just Jan’s fruit spreads, gourmet pizza from Tra Do Noi, Bread from Rustic Bakery and McQuade’s Chutney spread.

Malibu Vineyard’s 2011 Irene’s Pinot Grigio Ramato, holds a unique “copper-like” color, a result Palmer explains from the grapes not being completely peeled during their winemaking process. This leaves the pink-orange skin color to saturate the wine.  The second offering was a 2012 Irene’s Rosé which delivered a crisp note delightful for a sunny Malibu day.

Winemaker Shawn Shai Halahmy of Shai Cellars

Shai Cellars poured a 2009 Adome (Syrah/Cabernet blend) and a 2009 Grenache. As he poured, winemaker Halahmy detailed his journey of monthly visits to his vineyards in Santa Ynez to visit during “hibernation”.  Let’s hope we can conjure a follow-up conversation to learn more.

Finally was a wide selection from Hoyt Family Vineyard. A 2010 Chardonnay named Decoupage, a 2009 Chardonnay, a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2010 Tempranillo.