Luna Vineyards partied like Gatsby last weekend, pouring our wine in a Gilded Age oceanside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival has become an iconic event in the Ocean State. Now, in it’s 12th year, many argue it is the most sophisticated and anticipated event on the East Coast. The weekend-long program featured two grand tastings, educational seminars, a kickoff gala, wine dinners, and a Sunday brunch.
Luna poured five of our Napa Valley wines at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings, located on the lawn at Marble House. The two days were full of wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, shopping, and eating, drawing a crowd of nearly 5,000 people.
All proceeds from the 12th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival went to historical preservation in Newport, Rhode Island – a great cause for such an historical and special town.
This was the perfect start to the Fall season! See you next year, Newport.
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!
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.
Little things in life go so perfectly together as a glass of bubbly and fresh oysters. As the days become warmer in Napa Valley, this classic pairing has been on my mind. This hankering inspired an impromptu trip to the Sonoma Coast – making a quick stop at Hog Island Oyster Company on the way.
For all North Bay locals, I’m sure you’re familiar with Hog Island as they have three locations in the area – Marshall, Napa and San Francisco. We went directly to the source, stopping at their oyster farm in Marshall on Tomales Bay. The farm is a great spot for picnickers and day trippers looking for a water view, but we opted for a dozen Sweetwaters to go.
With oysters and a bottle of Luna “Bubbles” on ice, we drove up the coast, reaching Bodega Bay. Once we found our place in the sand, the gloves and shucking knife came out to begin feasting. There’s something romantic about shucking farm-fresh oysters on the beach. A little squeeze of lemon and a glass of fizz and paradise had been met.
The delicate froth and notes of poached pear from the Luna “Bubbles” were a perfect complement to the briny sweetness of the Hog Island oysters. Of course the ocean view made the experience all the better, but this timeless wine and food combination can be appreciated in any and all occasions.
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The tasting room staff at Luna Vineyards was graciously welcomed by Jenn at Miner Family Winery on Friday morning. As Director of Retail Sales, Jenn, provided an amazing experience and a unique opportunity for two wineries to meet and exchange ideas.
Just north of Luna on the scenic Silverado Trail, Miner sits perched on a hill with Napa’s version of a front yard – rows of vines. Founded in 1998 by Dave and Emily Miner, this family-owned winery makes twenty-five boutique bottlings from some of California’s most acclaimed vineyard sites.
Of the wines we tried, my favorite was Emily’s Cabernet, named in remembrance of Mrs. Miner and a stellar example of a Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley.
After an amazing flight of wines – 2 whites and 5 reds, Jenn led us to the estate’s hillside cave where the room’s large Tuscan table was set for a private tasting. Bypassing the event area, we were led down the stairs to the wine cellar where barrels were stacked in rows upon rows. Grabbing a long pipette, Jenn poured a barrel sampling in each of our glasses – an amazing experience!
Thank you Miner Family Winery for hosting Luna ~ we look forward to having you next!
Miner Family Winery
7850 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA