Charleston, S.C. - Robert Mondavi Jr. and Lydia Mondavi have partnered exclusively with Authentic Reclaimed Pine Floors to create Reserve Barrel, a new, limited edition interior wood floor collection made from Mondavi wine barrels. Samples of the collection will be unveiled for the first time at the Las Vegas NAHB International Builders’ show on February 4 and 5, 2014 at booth C3453. Guests are invited to meet the Mondavis from 1 – 3 p.m. each day and sample the wines that inspired their floor creation: Spellbound Chardonnay, Spellbound Petite Syrah and the new Medusa Red Wine.
"Winemaking families for generations have accented their homes with oak cask wood floors,” explains Robert regarding the inspiration for this design. “I'm constantly amazed at the beauty and depth of penetration that the wines impart into the actual wood. After years of aging the wines, the oak flooring holds a piece of wine making history that we have now captured to share with generations to come.”
This Napa Valley couple lives a lifestyle that reflects their passion for wine and sustainable living principles, captured in their Mondavi Home Collection. Upon returning to Lydia’s family roots with the purchase of their new beach home in Beaufort, S.C., the couple desired to create authentic and unique flooring, distinct to their personal style, family history and business ethos.
Made from French oak and recycled from barrel-heads used in the production of Mondavi wine, Robert hand selects the barrel-heads at the end of each harvest. Authentic Pine Floors then carefully dismantles and mills each wine cask into flooring. Zach McMurray, the owner of Authentic Pine Floors company, reflects on the selection of the wood for this limited collection: "Mondavi personally selects wine casks with exceptional grain and rich color to create this rare oak barrel flooring collection."
The Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner’s collection exemplifies the power, opulence and richness this king of all wine exudes. Cabernet Sauvignon requires years of barrel aging and as the wines ages, a small portion evaporates through the porous wood, a process known as the “angel’s share.” As the angels take their share, the rich, dark red wine is drawn deep into the wood grain diffusing and imparting its signature color and patina. More subtle than the Cabernet Sauvignon Vintners Selection, the Chardonnay Vintners Selection offers a warmth and glow that tells the story of this wine. The inviting, golden colors from the natural grains in the oak are so distinctive yet profoundly versatile that they truly compliment a tremendous range of home décor and style.
Both parties are extremely proud of the new line as well as supporting responsible green business practices with reclaimed wood work. As Robert states, "Beyond the beauty this will bring to the home, I am pleased with the fact that we are making a conscious decision to reclaim and repurpose this wood."
For more information about the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas and the Mondavi Limited Edition Reserve Barrel floor collection, please visit www.buildershow.com. There will be more Mondavi Home Collection coming soon and for more information, please visit their website at www.mondavihome.com.
About Robert Mondavi Jr. and Lydia Mondavi
Through four generations of lifestyle pieces, this entrepreneurial couple has learned that their story continues to resonate in the hearts and minds of their consumers, developing lasting impressions for their brands. Robert Mondavi Jr. is the fourth generation in the Mondavi family winemaker who honed his craft from the icon of wine, Robert Mondavi Sr. With a deep passion for the culinary arts, Mondavi Jr. has learned from countless master chefs such as Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. He is currently president of winemaking for Isabel Mondavi Wines, Emblem, Medusa and Spellbound. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa Valley Winegrowers.
Lydia Mondavi is the creator and founder of 29 Cosmetics a luxury skin care and cosmetics collection that launched at Neiman Marcus exclusively in 2007. Within the next month, her new collection will be prominently featured and launched in over 750 retail stores nation-wide. Lydia’s family has deep historical ties to the United States as her forefathers were signers of both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
About 29 Cosmetics
Lydia Mondavi designed 29 around the idea that true natural beauty is not effortless, but comes through dedication, understanding, protecting and nourishing the skin. 29 is the first of its kind, an Age Protecting skin care and color cosmetic line utilizing the benefits of grape seeds. With over a decade of experience creating and formulating spa and beauty products for the luxury market and through designing and developing spas and resorts around the world, Mondavi realized that that the market is missing a very crucial step in daily skin care regimen. Every product in the cosmetic bag should protect skin from aging and be beneficial to skin. Never before has a color cosmetic and organic skin care line created every product enriched with Age Protecting benefits of grape seed extract known for their protection against free radicals and pollutants, keeping skin looking younger longer. Grape seeds are one of the most concentrated forms of anti-oxidants and over the past several years Mondavi has been formulating 29 to ensure that every product and treatment is enriched with their benefits to provide a completely Age Protecting skin care and color cosmetic line. For more information, please visit their website at www.29cosmetics.com.
About The Michael Mondavi Family Estate
The Mondavi family has been making wine in the Napa Valley for four generations. Michael Mondavi, the son of legendary vintner Robert Mondavi, co-founded Robert Mondavi Winery in 1966, when there were just a handful of wineries operating in Napa Valley. The Michael Mondavi Family Estate, located at the heart of the renowned Carneros winemaking region in the southern reaches of Napa Valley, was founded in 2006 by Michael Mondavi, with wife Isabel, son Rob, and daughter Dina. With more than eight decades of combined experience, the winemaking team is led by Rob Mondavi, Jr. The boutique winery honors the Mondavi family’s longstanding commitment to selecting the finest vineyards and hand-crafting wines of exceptional varietal character and balance. For more information, please visit their website at www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com.
About Authentic Pine Floors
Authentic Pine Floors has specialized in wide plank and reclaimed flooring since 1984, producing and finishing all their products in Locust Grove, Ga. What started as a simple love and appreciation for wide plank flooring has evolved into a passion not only for the wood, but also the story behind the wood. With material salvaged from the Old Crow Distillery, American Tobacco, John Deere and now Mondavi wine barrels, Authentic Pine Floors are rich in American history. For more information, please visit their website at www.authenticpinefloors.com.
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