The physician told the Dayton Daily News in a 2004 interview that the project "started as a simple quest: to grow the type of grapes and make a wine similar to the wines from the Napa Valley." In addition to planting grape varietals associated with Spain, such as tempranillo, Dr. Palomar planted cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and chardonnay.
"Truly, I didn't know what I was getting into," he said.
As the magnitude of the quest slowly revealed itself, Palomar simply became more determined to succeed — for himself, but also for his Spanish neighbors.
"I see the good feelings that this enterprise has brought to the local villagers," he said. "They are as proud as I am of having a product from their land recognized in Spain and sold as far away as the United States."
Todd Templin, who oversees the wine departments of all three Dorothy Lane Market stores, described Dr. Palomar as “a true gentleman and a lover of good food and good wine. And he loved to share that passion with others.”
Brent Wagener, who oversees Wine Trends, one of the Dayton-based Heidelberg family of companies and distributor of Veleta wines, said Dr. Palomar “was a man who truly understood what some describe as quality of life.”
“From my time traveling to his hometown to stay with the Palomars and learn about the Southern Spanish way of life, to representation of his beautiful Veleta products, he surely was a man of passion and respect and made an impact on my life.”
Dr. Palomar is survived by his wife Nola and daughter Nolita. Funeral arrangements are pending.