Damiano Vineyard, Sierra Foohills
$40 (Wine Club Reorder Price: $36)
Lúnasa, an ancient celebration signifying the beginning of harvest, can be traced back as early as the 15th century in Ireland and Scotland, typically taking place in the month of August. During Lúnasa, harvest knots crafted from wheat were commonly exchanged as a token of love and courtship. The harvest knot represented on the label is known as a Double Heart Farmers Knot, which symbolizes a couple’s loving union and a farmer’s promise to return at the end of harvest.
Lúnasa is owned and operated by wife and husband, Ciji and Jordan Jeffries, and we are the first wine shop to sell their brand new wines! Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Jordans first exposure to the wine industry was at age 17 working as an intern for a small winery outside of Eugene. Taking the opportunity to learn as much as possible about all facets of the winemaking process, his experience solidied his interest in wine, ultimately taking him to UC Davis where he graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Enology.
With his sights set on Napa, Jordan moved to the valley and secured his first harvest internship following graduation. After a harvest spent abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Jordan returned to Napa where he continued to deepen his experience working under and alongside some of the region’s most accomplished winemakers (Thomas Rivers Brown & Philippe Melka just to name a few). In addition to being the winemaker for Lúnasa, Jordan currently serves as the Director of Winemaking for Brasswood’s new custom crush facility located in Calistoga. Quite the resume!
We chose this wine for your November wine club with Thanksgiving dinner on our minds. Viognier is a classic pairing, especially if you want to wow your guests with something deliciously different. With its richness, medium body, light spice, and fruit flavors it’s an ideal complement for your roast turkey – both dark and white meat. Plus, its bright acidity can cut through buttery sides like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. The viognier is pale gold in color with a bright perfume of white peach and apple blossoms on the nose. Notes of mouthwatering green apple and honeysuckle dominate the mid-palette, transitioning to a silky, smooth finish. Only 69 cases made.
Taylor Morgan – November 2021