Thursday was quite the night in beautiful San Francisco. With near perfect weather and Fernando Frescobaldi and daughter Livia in town from Tuscany, the city by the bay was the ideal backdrop for the U.S. launch of Luce's Brunello di Montalcino wine.
Luce Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel hosted the event and Luce's executive chef, Dominique Crenn and staff worked meticulously in the kitchen preparing the flawless fare to accompany Luce della Vite's various wine samplings. Along with the Brunello di Montalcino launch, the vintages included Luce's 1993, 1998, 2000, and 2003 Toscana. Luce wine is a collaboration of the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families and "Luce was the first wine ever produced in Montalcino blending Sangiovese and Merlot grapes." Luce wines have received accolades from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate.
The exclusive affair was attended by Bay Area wine enthusiasts, industry professionals and fans of Esquire's Chef of the Year, Dominique Crenn's exquisite cuisine. The evening also included a silent auction benefiting the California Academy of Sciences.
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