Want to bring something fun, colorful, and different to your dessert table this year? We have the perfect recipe for you…a french macaron with a holiday twist! The inspiration behind our gingerbread macarons is our recently awarded 92-point Mille Baci Late Harvest Pinot Grigio. This specialty wine is produced from naturally botrytized grapes grown at our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The extra time on the vine creates a beautifully nuanced wine with delicate acidity and soft hints of caramel. We thought we’d combine and enhance these flavors in a classic French pastry, the macaron. You’ll surely be a crowd pleaser at this year’s cookie swap!
Virginie Boone, Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, recently awarded our 2015 Mille Baci Late Harvest Pinot Grigio with 92 points. She says, “Lovely golden color highlights a balanced, floral and pretty late-harvest expression of apricot jam in this nuanced wine, which is relatively low in alcohol with 12.3% residual sugar. It offers viscosity that doesn’t overpower, making it ideal for pairing with hard pungent cheeses or vanilla ice cream.” From Wine Enthusiast’s Best of Year issue.
Luna Vineyards is extending a big thank you to all of our guests who joined us this past Sunday at our Wine Country Benefit in partnership with Free Flow Wines. Through ticket proceeds, silent auction bidding, and wine bottle purchases we have raised nearly $8,000 for the Northern California Wildfire Relief Effort! These proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting those who have lost homes, wineries, businesses, and livelihoods in the Napa and Sonoma County fires.
We certainly had a great time eating, drinking, and being merry for this wonderful cause. Luna Estate Chef Mercedes Stahlberger prepared a seasonal menu of wine-paired appetizers including truffle butter popcorn, goat cheese ratatouille tarts, and curried lamb meatballs. The party was serenaded by acoustic guitarist, Justin Brown, and guests had fun with playful holiday photo props.
Excitedly, Luna released our Howell Mountain wine series to the public during the event. Our 2014 Howell Mountain Merlot is now featured in our Reserve Tasting and our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon remains a special allotment to our wine club members.
Help Luna Vineyards get to a $10,000 donation by shopping our wines. 10% of each bottle sale will continue to be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation through the end of the year.
Enjoy some of our photos from this joyous fundraising event. For the complete photo gallery visit our Facebook page.
The highly anticipated debut of Luna’s newest vintage of Howell Mountain wines is finally here. We’re introducing our 2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and the inaugural vintage of our Howell Mountain Merlot.
Recognized as one of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed wine growing regions, Howell Mountain is famous for producing age-worthy red wines with deep color and extraordinary intensity and structure. Soaring over 2,000 feet in elevation, Luna’s Howell Mountain vineyards enjoy the best views of Napa Valley. The extreme heights of these vineyards provides an environment where grapes ripen slowly yet are drenched in long hours of sunlight each day. Sitting above the fog line, a morning walk through the sloping Howell Mountain vineyards is like walking on clouds. While only 30 miles away from Luna’s Estate on the Silverado Trail, these mountainside vineyards feel like world’s away…tranquil, breathtaking, and invigorating for the soul.
Visit the Luna Estate this Sunday, December 3 for our Wine Country Benefit where we will be releasing these highly acclaimed wines to the public for the first time. Can’t make it to Napa but want a bottle of your own? You can secure your allotment of our new limited release series by visiting our online wine shop.