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Palissandro Winery

Somerset / United States


The Journey Begins

The Journey began as our first wines were made in the fall crush of 2009, literally by hand. Shaun and Jeannine spent many days and nights discovering what kind of wine style we wanted to produce. After many samples, they landed on the wine style of Northern Italy. These wines lend themselves to being fruit forward, having a full mouth feel and finishing softly (minimal tannins). We purchased our first grapes from growers in the El Dorado and Amador counties. The fruit was crushed, bin fermented, and pressed by hand using a basket press. We selected each yeast for what qualities we wanted to achieve in the wine and then barrel fermented our reds in French Oak for 24 months. Shaun became a ‘mad apprentice’ in the making of the wines and continues to expand his knowledge each year. In addition to learning wine making, Shaun has donned his farmer’s hat and has learned a great deal about growing and care of the vines.

The Name Game

Coming up with a name for the winery is no simple task. With Shaun’s heritage being Scandinavian and Norwegian, using our last name of Blaylock was really not an option. We knew that we had a love of roses and that they would play a predominant role in our landscaping. We had thought Rosewood would be a nice name for the winery. Our friends thought it was too commercial sounding and that we should have an Italian name for the winery being that we were making all Italian wines. We bought an Italian-English translator and began playing with various English words looking for a great Italian translation. Nothing seemed to work; in sheer desperation, Jeannine put in Rosewood into the translator and up popped ‘Palissandro’. We immediately loved the name and knew that we had found the name of our winery.

A Family Affair

One of the things that we (and many of our customers) enjoy most about the winery is that it really is a family affair. Both Brandon and Lauren have taken a complete interest in the wine and sharing the results in the tasting room. Brandon has completed his third and last apprenticeship in the fall of 2013 with a larger, local winery. Brandon worked as an assistant wine maker with Shaun and a consultant in 2013. By 2014, Brandon has taken over the primary wine making responsibilities with the help of a new consultant. Lauren loves the business side of the winery, helping with making the wine, and working the tasting room. She has completed pursuing her education and working toward her AA degrees in Wine Business and Enology at Santa Rosa JC and has returned to work full time at the winery. We are certain you will enjoy her enthusiasm and knowledge that she has gained when you visit with her in the tasting room.

Jeannine can’t help but think that her grandfather would be so proud that the family wine making is once again alive and doing very well!

Wine Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon
Italian White
Pinot Gris/Grigio
Pinot Noir

Wine Types

Dessert Wine
Red Wine
White Wine


Barrel Tasting
 Bicycle Friendly
 Blending Session
 Bocce Ball
 Family Friendly
Family Owned
 Pet Friendly
Picnic Area
 Scenic View
Table Seating
 Vineyard Tours
 Winery Tours



  • Sunday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • MondayClosed to the Public
  • TuesdayClosed to the Public
  • WednesdayClosed to the Public
  • ThursdayClosed to the Public
  • Friday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Cancellation Policy

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy for all prepaid events.

Deposit Policy

All events will be paid in full at the time of booking.