Perhaps you’ve heard of Taub Family Vineyards, but until I received three of their wines as samples, I had not. I am familiar with David S. Taub, CEO of Palm Bay International, however, who passed away in 2012 at age 72. He was born into a family who considered wine and spirits its life’s work and subsequently, started his own work life as a wine and spirits distributor. Taub soon realized that his passion was to import wines from around the world. As an importer he could travel to various wine regions, establish relationships, and market wines throughout the United States. In 1977, David became CEO of Palm Bay Imports (now Palm Bay International) after his father, Martin, became its founder.

David S. Taub was a true success story. His savvy, never-give-up philosophy was crucial in propelling Palm Bay Imports into the highly regarded business it is today and his proactive involvement in a variety of charitable organizations touched the lives of many. These are just two of a multitude of characteristics that his family admire and honor. His son, Marc D. Taub, current President and CEO of Palm Bay International, has vowed to extend his father’s legacy at the company with his own business acumen and efforts.

But that’s not all. In 2014, Palm Bay launched its first California wine portfolio, Taub Family Vineyards, as an homage to David S. Taub and as an entry into a world beyond imports. The portfolio offers time-honored American wines that are crafted from top vineyards in three of California’s most iconic production areas: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Napa Valley. Au Contraire and Heritance provide wine loving consumers not only quality (vetted by California enologist Tom Hinde and his experienced team of viticulturalists and winemakers) and affordability, but the opportunity to honor David S. Taub with each sip.

Au Contraire

 “Au Contraire wines are crafted for those who aim to live life to the fullest, who revel in turning the everyday ordinary into something extraordinary. Our wines celebrate the spirit of taking on any challenge in life, no matter how insurmountable it may seem”. Palm Bay International

David S. Taub regularly said “Au Contraire!” to any friend, family member, or colleague who needed more than a touch of motivation to discover a creative solution or result. Inspired by his “joie de vivre”, these wines represent a person who loved to loved to challenge another by encouraging them to think differently. Each bottle of Au Contraire is dedicated to David S. Taub and rightly so.

Taub Family Vineyards - Au Contraire
In the Au Contraire Chardonnay 2016 ($21.99), Chardonnay grapes (cultivated in vineyards from the Russian River Valley to the western edges of Green Valley bordering the Sonoma Coast) comprise this sophisticated wine that was aged for 8 months in 100% French oak. Soft butter, green apples, lemons, a touch of spice, and just a hint of minerality were a few of the aromas wafting from my glass after the first pour. Mouthwatering acidity and flavors of ripe orchard fruit, exotic spice, and freshly baked brioche burst on the palate…the expressive finish lingered. Pair this wine with crab cakes, grilled vegetables, and soft cheeses for a taste sensation you’ll revisit again and again.

To complement your favorite recipe for poultry, duck, lamb, or pork, Au Contraire Pinot Noir ($29.99) should be in your glass – I loved each sip from mine. A blend of Pinot Noir grapes from Sonoma Coast vineyards located above the fog line (from Sebastopol to the Fort Ross Seaview AVA), this cool climate style is concentrated with fruit and elegance; it spent 12 months in French oak prior to bottling. I noted plenty of enticing aromas of spice, plums, purple flowers, juicy red cherries and raspberries. The palate was alive with mouthwatering acidity, firm tannins, and elements of more red fruit and spice.


 “Heritance is the proud cornerstone Napa Valley winery of the Taub Family Winery. The name Heritance is fittingly derived from a combination of heritage and inheritance signifying the start of a new tradition and the continuation of an enduring legacy.  Heritance showcases Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest, crafted for elegance, complexity and balance” Marc D. Taub, Proprietor

I can’t think of a better word than “Heritance” to continue David S. Taub’s legacy in the world of wine. The oak tree on the label, one that is familiar to anyone visiting Napa Valley, “represents the Taub family’s deep wine industry roots in California and further reinforces the wine’s connection with its provenance”. In fact, the diamond at the base of the tree signifies the seed that is planted for future generations.

Taub Family Vineyards - Heritance
The Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($35) is an exceptional blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot from prime Napa Valley vineyards in St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford. I discovered powerful aromas of vanilla, black cherries, ripe raspberries, dark chocolate, and hints of tobacco as I swirled and sniffed. On the palate, this spice-driven Cabernet presented notes of blackberries, plums, cherries, vanilla, toast, and smoke. Complex and structured, bright acidity and satin-like tannins framed a delicious wine that was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak. On chilly winter evenings, grill a juicy steak or cook a hearty flavorful stew for pairing.

Cheers to family legacy and the wines of Taub Family Vineyards. ~ Cindy


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