Though he may be better known for the award-winning pinot noirs he crafts with Greg Brewer under the Brewer-Clifton label, Steve Clifton’s “first love” has always been Italian varietals. That’s why he started Palmina Winery as his first label in 1995, focusing on barberas, dolcettos, nebbiolos, and other grapes that aren’t very common around these parts.
This Saturday, July 27, the Cliftons are inviting all to their annual pizza party at Honea Vineyards, the place where many of these grapes are grown in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s the first time they are taking their party out of the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, where they make and sell their wines, and into the vineyard. There will also be music, with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation receiving some of the night’s proceeds.