When you are waiting at the Dentist office, what are you thinking sitting there in the waiting room? Me, I usually pick up some gossip magazine and catch up. Jan Palaggi of Palaia Vineyards was sitting in the Dentist office and picked up a business magazine that said “What do you want to do when you retire..do something you have always wanted, or do nothing?” Jan thought..”I’ve always wanted to own a winery.” Now 9 years later her dream is a reality.

Set on a 200 year old cow farm, Palaia was officially licensed as a winery in 2001 and the spring of 2002 they planted their first vines. Today their vineyard consists of 1500 vines which include: Cab Franc, Traminette, Seyval, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The tasting room opened in 2006.

Jan’s labels are quite unique. They are all family members, including one of her when she was a teen. Very nostalgic.

I tasted most of her selections. Her Chardonnay was very nice. Hints of vanilla and lemon with a little oak. The 2006 Traminette was nice. I am so trying to like this grape. Jan crafted it quite nicely. A little minerally, but not overpowering.

I found their 2003 Pinot Noir light and the 2002 was more complex. I enjoyed both Cab Francs I tasted.

Fairly new to the winemaking scene, I expect wonderful wines to be produced at Palaia. She is off to a great start!

All year long Palaia has live music Thursday thru Sunday in the tasting room. Check their website for times. During the summer they have a stage set up on the lawn for music. July 25 & 26 they host a Neil Young Tribute which is a benefit for “Joan’s Legacy” in the fight for Lung Cancer and they host a free Pig Roast for their customers. You have to be on their mailing list to be invited.

Palaia is a member of the Shawangunk Wine Trail and will be participating in all Shawangunk Wine Trail events.