Luce Brunello Wine Event with Frescobaldis

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.

Livia Frescobaldi and Dominique Crenn
¬†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.


Luce Brunello di Montalcino

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.

For more information on Luce Brunello and Luce wines, visit Luce




  1. michael mccurry
    08/11/2008 / 8:21 pm

    I tried the brunello at a tasting in italy and I have been looking forward to the united states launch. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and sharing your experience.

  2. Dominique Crenn
    08/11/2008 / 10:22 pm

    That was such a great event ….Great wine ……

  3. Chef Jayson DeMarco
    09/11/2008 / 4:48 pm

    Mika, you are the hottest woman in the culinary world, you should do a tv show on The food network called “sexual chocolate” or …or Sexy food!

  4. bath mate
    19/12/2009 / 7:28 am



  5. 14/01/2010 / 1:06 pm


    I ran into Dominique randomly on the street last night and chatted a bit! I hope you’re having a great trip in SF.

    I think I finally understand what your life is like as I’ve been getting all these opportunities to contribute to projects and speak on shows lately. Life’s been crazy and if I don’t see you this time around then hopefully in the near future.


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