Steve Clifton, winemaker and owner of Palmina wines, is this week’s gust on In the Drink. Steve describes Palmina as a “Californian celebration of the rich, wonderful lifestyle and attitude toward food, wine, friends and family that exists in Italy.” His second project, Brewer-Clifton focuses solely on site-expressive wines from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as voices of place. Tune in as host Joe Campanale and Steve discuss everything from the ridiculousness of the “Cal Italia” phrase to the importance of keeping certain chemicals out of the winemaking process. Tune in for some great insights on California wine, the wine industry at large, and Steve’s various projects. This program was sponsored by Michter’s.


“In 1991 when I moved to Santa Barbara there were 20 wineries. There are over 360 today.” [6:00]

“The wines from Palmina have literally nothing in them that didn’t come from the vineyard.” [27:45]

–Steve Clifton on In the Drink