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July 7, 2017

Vineyard Update: Grape Ripening Underway

It has been a very busy and fast-moving growing season for us at Luna Vineyards. The generous rains the Valley experienced throughout the winter and early spring of 2017 have been a blessing in disguise, officially ending a five-year drought across most of the state.

Although above-average rainfall is certainly a lot to absorb, the vines are growing at an unbelievable pace at about an inch a day. The stored water in the vineyard soil has already proven useful, especially when Napa experienced a heat wave of temperatures 100+ degrees a couple weeks back.

Canopies are growing lush and hedge-like, protecting our delicate berries from the mid-day sun. Most berry clusters are well into the growing season, and some have even begun to turn. In viticulture, the term used to describe the changing color of the grapes is, Veraison. Once grapes hit this stage, it represents their transition from growth to ripening and can last between 6 and 8 weeks.

Veraison characterizes the initial stages of color development and represents the onset of berry ripening

As preparations are being made behind the scenes for our annual Harvest Party, we’re finding it harder to believe just how quickly this season has come and almost gone. Fingers crossed for a continued great season as we head into the final months of what’s turning out to be a phenomenal vintage.

 

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June 30, 2017

Rosé Fest Napa Valley Recap

Luna Vineyards was thrilled to be a part of Napa Valley’s inaugural Rosé Fest which took place at Sterling Vineyards last Saturday, June 24. The event featured 30 wineries throughout Napa Valley to highlight some of the regions’ diverse rosé wine offerings. What Rosé Fest visitors soon learned – Napa wines are much more than just Cabernet.

Guests were brought to the hillside event area via Sterling’s aerial tram, allowing for amazing views of the valley. Local restaurants and musicians were also present, making the whole atmosphere fun and relaxing. Luna’s Father/Daughter team poured two of our rosé wines, both made from 100% Sangiovese…the perfect wines to end a week of heat.

The best part about the whole event? All proceeds from the day benefitted the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide breast cancer education, research funding, and patient support.

We had a fabulous time meeting all of you and can’t wait for next year!

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June 27, 2017

Luna Vineyards at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017

Luna Vineyards has just returned from a two-week overseas adventure in Bordeaux, France! The trip was inspired by the world’s leading wine and spirits event – Vinexpo. We exhibited five of our wines on four fun and exhilarating days, receiving notes of high praise from our visitors. Debuting our wines in the international market was rewarding and will soon pay off – stand by in North America, Europe, and Asia!

Luckily, our trip was not all business and the Luna team was able to sneak away for some sightseeing in stunning Bordeaux and its surrounding countryside.

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June 13, 2017

2015 Estate Pinot Grigio Receives 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Some say, “Cab is King” in Napa Valley but that’s because they haven’t tried our 2015 Estate Pinot Grigio. The critics most certainly agree…

 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
 Gold, 10th Annual American Fine Wine Invitational
 Gold, Best of Class, 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition
 Best of Class, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

With a little risk, a bit of grit, and a lot of heart, Luna’s ancestors planted Pinot Grigio grapes along the Silverado Trail twenty years ago. Our vineyard is located in the southern end of Napa Valley known for providing excellent growing conditions for white wines. Its proximity to the San Francisco Bay provides morning fog and cooling afternoon breezes, both beneficial to the retention of Pinot Grigio’s delicate fruit and acidity and for our critic’s palates.

Use promo code PGSHIP now until Friday, June 30 to receive complimentary shipping when purchasing 3 bottles or more!

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June 12, 2017

Thanks for Joining us at our Spring Wine Club Reception!

Thank you to all of our Wine Club members who joined Luna Vineyards this past Saturday, June 10 for a fun event! Our staff was so excited to see all of you and we hope you had a great time.

Enjoy our photo gallery from the party and please share any photos of your own on social media and tag @luna.vineyards for a chance to be featured. Stay tuned for more events this summer – Cheers!

 

 

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May 24, 2017

Spring Fare: Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Beach days, barbecues, and outdoor picnics are here again! In celebration of the coming holiday weekend, our fabulous Chef Mercedes Ross is sharing her recipe for these deliciously light and festive olive oil cakes.

Staying true to her farm-to-table style, Chef Mercedes uses extra virgin olive oil from the Napa Valley Olive Oil Co., fresh lemons from the grounds at Luna Vineyards, and berries from a local family owned fruit stand. She serves them alongside home-made Marscapone whip, taking these cakes to the next level.

Looking to try, but not much of a baker? The cakes are featured on our Spring Al Fresco Lunch menu. For details and reservations visit our website: LunaVineyards.com/visit

Olive Oil Cake
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Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk the melted butter with the olive oil and milk.
  3. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar and citrus zest until pale and thick about 3 minutes. Alternately beat in the dry and wet ingredients, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and the side pulls away from the pan. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool before serving.
  4. Serve with fresh berries.

 

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May 23, 2017

Meet Napa Chef Mercedes Ross

Luna Vineyards is happy to be partnering with Chef Mercedes Ross to elevate our wine and food pairing experiences at the winery this summer. Starting Saturday, June 3, we will be welcoming guests for a VIP experience at our estate, led by this amazing California born and bred chef.

Chef Mercedes Ross and her company, Lady and the Vine, specialize in Italian inspired cuisine based on the “best at the moment” ingredients. This San Diego native received her culinary training in Chicago, where she discovered her talent for cooking and turned her passion into a career.

All of the ingredients used in Mercedes’ cooking is seasonal and locally sourced, using produce from her very own garden in Napa and figs and lemons of the sort from Luna’s lush estate. Her love for Italian cooking is evident in each forkful of her Bucatini Pomodora with house-made ricotta, making the perfect pairing for Luna’s Italian style wines.

Experience her farm-to-table approach while seated at a five-course paired lunch overlooking our estate vineyards on Saturdays this summer. Learn more by visiting our website: www.LunaVineyards.com/Visit

Stay tuned for Lady and the Vine‘s luxurious picnic experiences coming soon: www.LadyandtheVine.com

 

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May 23, 2017

Wine Club Member Reception – June 10, 2017

You and a guest are invited to join us for an exclusive Wine Club Event at Luna Vineyards. Enjoy passing hors d’oeuvres, new wine releases, and bottles from our extensive wine library while taking in vineyard views from our Veranda.

 

Reserve by Thursday, June 8.

Spots are limited – 6 guest max per party

$15 per additional guest

 

Location: Luna Vineyards – Veranda

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Address: 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

Contact: Wine Club Manager, Doug Fraggi

Phone: 707.255.5862 Ext. 102

Email: WineClub@LunaVineyards.com

 

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May 22, 2017

New Wine and Food Experiences at Luna

Luna Vineyards is excited to announce the arrival of our new wine and food pairing experiences at the winery. Starting today, reservations can be made online for our three new immersive tours and tastings. We are honored to be teaming up with Napa Chef, Mercedes Ross to bring farm-to-table “California Comfort” cooking to our guests. See below for details regarding our exciting new offerings and how to contact us to learn more. Welcome to our table…

Al Fresco Lunch:

Discover the Tuscan charm of Luna’s tucked away veranda with a seated five-course paired experience, courtesy of Napa Chef, Mercedes Ross. This family style lunch allows for a meeting of the minds while taking in sweeping views of our estate Pinot Grigio vineyard. Enjoy five Luna Estate Wines accompanying an ever-changing menu that features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

For details and reservations please call the winery at 707.255.5862 ext. 102.

June’s Menu:

Aperitivo 

Arancini

Spring peas & Tarragon aioli

Wine Pairing: 2013 Luna Vineyards “Bubbles” Sparkling Wine

Antipasti 

Tuscan Kale Caesar

Crispy parmesan chips, Creamy anchovy dressing

Wine Pairing: 2015 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio Reserve

Primi

Bucatini Pomodora

House made ricotta, Fresh basil

Wine Pairing: 2014 Luna Vineyards Sangiovese Classico

Secondi

Marinated Lamb Skewers

Mint chimichurri

Wine Pairing: 2014 Luna Vineyards Sangiovese Reserva

Dolce

Olive Oil Cake

Marscapone whip & fresh berries

Wine Pairing: 2015 Luna Vineyards Mille Baci Late Harvest Pinot Grigio

Barrel Tour and Tasting:

This viticulture and winery tour includes an introduction to Luna Vineyards’ Oak Knoll District Estate Vineyard, a stroll through the fermentation tank room, an unveiling of the wine production cellar and a journey through the barrel-aging process, followed by a wine, charcuterie, and cheese pairing.

Click for details and online reservations.

Wine and Antipasti Pairing:

Enjoy a seated wine tasting in our exclusive Reserve Room, featuring our Flight of Five wines with carefully paired cheeses and charcuterie, complemented by house-made focaccia, nuts, and seasonal fruit preserves.

Click for details and online reservations.

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May 8, 2017

Debuting our 2016 Minuet Sangiovese Rosé

Who else is excited for the return of rosé season? This time of year comes with much anticipation as it means summer is on its way. Luckily, our 2016 Minuet Sangiovese Rosé is nothing shy of summer time in a glass!

This 100% Sangiovese wine comes from a collection of our best vineyards, located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Each site produces fruit of equally distinct complexities that are present in the final bottle.

The vibrant watermelon color was achieved through the saignée (bleeding off) method. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, leaving the juice to comingle with the skins, releasing their pigment and delicate aromas. Once drained – or bled – from the skins, the juice was moved to small stainless steel tanks for fermentation.

After five months of sur lie aging in neutral French Oak barrels, this rosé is ready for sipping. The nose is a playful mix of watermelon, strawberries, and lilies. The palate is greeted with refreshing mint tea notes and leads to a lasting pomegranate finish. It is a perfect wine to pair with hard cheeses, salads, and a variety of white meat and seafood dishes.

Thinking this rosé would be perfect for mom? We’re offering $1 shipping on any 6 bottles or more from now until Mother’s Day. Use promo code: ROSE$PROMO at check out. Available online at LunaVineyards.com