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Lula Cellars of Mendocino Announces Participation in Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association’s 18th Annual Pinot Noir Festival, May 15-17, 2015


Lula Cellars Kicks-Off Festival Weekend with Friday Night BBQ at New 22-acre Property, Pours at Festival’s Grand Tasting on Saturday & Hosts a Winery Open House on Sunday

Lula CellarsPHILO, CA – (April 15, 2015) Lula Cellars, located in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, is pleased to announce the winery’s participation in the 18th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. Taking place from May 15-17 and offering attendees a host of events, including tastings, winemaker dinners, and conferences held at different wineries and inns throughout Mendocino County, this iconic three-day festival is the only one in the world that celebrates a single varietal from a single appellation.

“We are very excited to be participating in this year’s Pinot Noir Festival and even more thrilled to be hosting the Friday Night BBQ at our new property on May 15,” states Jeff Hansen, winemaker for Lula Cellars. “Not only does our participation in the festival allow individuals to try one of our best wines, but it allows us to celebrate, along with all the other amazing vintners in the region, some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world.”

To kick-off the weekend, Lula Cellars will host a casual BBQ on its newly opened “Events Lawn,” where festival guests can mingle with winemakers, taste Pinot Noirs and other varietals from the region, and enjoy barbeque fare from local Fort Bragg restaurant, The Q. The menu for the evening includes Kielbasa Sausage with Mendo Mustards, Pork Ribs, Whole Smoked Chicken, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Green Salad, Baked Beans, Mac-n-Cheese, Corn Bread, and Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce. Additionally, live music by Dean Titus and the Boot Jack 5 will keep the party going into the early evening. Guests are urged to bring a bottle of wine to share and taste among other attendees. The BBQ event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lula Cellars, located at 2800 Guntley Road in Philo, CA. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival/.

On Saturday, May 16, Lula Cellars will pour their 2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir at the festival’s 18th Annual Grand Tasting, held at Goldeneye Winery in Philo. At the Grand Tasting, wine aficionados will have the opportunity to taste world-class Pinot Noirs alongside a delicious array of small plates and bites, such as grilled lamb, hand-thrown pizzas, and local cured salmon – all carefully chosen to complement these exceptional Anderson Valley wines. In addition to sipping and nibbling, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to live music, chat with winemakers, and partake in a silent auction, all while enjoying the beautiful setting of the winery. The Grand Tasting takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goldeneye Winery, located at 9200 Hwy 128 in Philo, CA. Tickets are $105 per person and can be purchased at http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival/. ** Note: All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Anderson Valley Health Center.

To close the weekend, Lula Cellars will be participating in the festival’s Winery Open Houses on Sunday, May 17. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lula Cellars invites festival-goers to stop by the winery to taste their full selection of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Rosato and Dry Gewurztraminer. Lula Cellars will also be offering delicious handmade gourmet pizzas for guests. This event is free and open to the general public.

For further information on the 18TH ANNUAL PINOT NOIR FESTIVAL, please visit http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival/ or call 707.895.WINE.

About the New Lula Cellars Property

In October 2014, Lula Cellars opened its new 22-acre Philo property to the public, which is nestled amongst the rolling hills of bucolic Anderson Valley. For festival-goers, or travelers to Mendocino County in general, Lula Cellars’ new tasting room offers a unique experience for wine tasting in the Anderson Valley.

In addition to a tasting room, the new property (with a quarter mile of frontage along Hwy 128 in Philo) features a pond, a 14-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, a small-production winemaking facility, and a newly opened 10,000 square foot ‘Events Area’ available for weddings and other private events.

Located at 2800 Guntley Road in Philo (at the corner of Hwy 128 and Guntley Road), next door to Handley Cellars, the new, pet-friendly tasting room offers stunning views of the surrounding property and the lauded Pinot Noir growing area known as “The Deep End” on the west end of the Anderson Valley.

Lula Cellars tasting room is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact the tasting room, please call 707.895.3737.

About Lula Cellars

Lula Cellars is a small production, ultra-premium label with a yearly case production of 2,800 cases, comprised of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Rosato (Rose of Pinot Noir) and Pinot Gris. Lula Cellars produces wines entirely from vineyards in Mendocino County, California. Since 2010, Lula Cellars has built a reputation of integrity, positive customer relations and stellar wines. The goal of Lula Cellars is simple: to produce quality, world class wines and to offer them at prices that are reasonable, by selling directly to consumers (no distributors or retailers involved). Winemaker Jeff Hansen, a twenty-eight year wine industry veteran, named Lula Cellars for his maternal grandmother Lula, who was born in 1879 and lived to the age of 89.

For further information on Lula Cellars, please visit www.lulacellars.com.

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