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  • One of America’s most popular summer wines is now a delicious summer sorbet!

    J Lohr Honey Chardonnay


    PASO ROB­LES, CALIF. – June 23, 2021 – With the arrival of sum­mer, California’s acclaimed J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines and Paso Rob­les-based Leo Leo Gela­to are excit­ed to announce the release of the new Leo Leo Hon­ey Chardon­nay Sor­bet Infused with J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay. Cre­at­ed as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Leo Leo Own­er and Mas­ter Gelati­er Nic­coló Lekai and J. Lohr, the entic­ing new sor­bet cap­tures the delec­table fla­vors of sum­mer on California’s beau­ti­ful Cen­tral Coast, where both com­pa­nies make their home. Infused with local­ly pro­duced hon­ey and J. Lohr’s award-win­ning 2019 River­stone Chardon­nay, this deli­cious, spe­cial-pro­duc­tion sor­bet will be avail­able online in pints and 8‑ounce, sin­gle-serv­ing con­tain­ers at www​.leoleoge​la​to​.com, and at fine food shops through­out Cal­i­for­nia begin­ning June 28.

    The col­lab­o­ra­tion between Leo Leo Gela­to and J. Lohr began in the spring of 2020, when Leo Leo was look­ing to part­ner with a local­ly based win­ery on a new series of wine-infused sor­bets. As a fam­i­ly-run busi­ness and an approved Farm to Fork ven­dor, Leo Leo is ded­i­cat­ed to sourc­ing a min­i­mum of 20 per­cent of its ingre­di­ents from farms and ranch­es with­in a 150-mile radius. With this in mind, Leo Leo Pro­duc­tion and Sales Man­ag­er Susie Par­rish, who is inti­mate­ly famil­iar with J. Lohr’s wine qual­i­ty as a past J. Lohr Green­field and Paso Rob­les har­vest intern, imme­di­ate­ly rec­om­mend­ed J. Lohr to Lekai, and approached vet­er­an J. Lohr Direc­tor of Sales Ser­vices Cindy Paup with the idea of col­lab­o­rat­ing on a sorbet. 

    Grow­ing up, J. Lohr’s wines were always a part of our fam­i­ly gath­er­ings, and they still are,” said Leo Leo Own­er Nic­coló Lekai. My broth­er and I have reg­u­lar get-togeth­ers where we grill New York steaks and share a bot­tle of Sev­en Oaks Caber­net Sauvi­gnon. As soon as Susie sug­gest­ed J. Lohr, I knew they were the per­fect choice. Their wines cap­ture the essence of the Cen­tral Coast, and I have always appre­ci­at­ed the Lohr family’s com­mit­ment to their craft, the envi­ron­ment and our community.”

    After sev­er­al deli­cious rounds of R & D, which includ­ed fla­vor eval­u­a­tions from key J. Lohr fam­i­ly, wine­mak­ing and hos­pi­tal­i­ty stake­hold­ers, the Leo Leo Hon­ey Chardon­nay Sor­bet Infused with J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay was born. With a lus­cious tex­ture and tan­ta­liz­ing lay­ers of hon­ey and Chardon­nay, this sophis­ti­cat­ed new sor­bet is a per­fect light and vibrant sum­mer dessert. While the Leo Leo Hon­ey Chardon­nay Sor­bet is the first offer­ing in the col­lab­o­ra­tion between the two com­pa­nies, addi­tion­al sor­bets are in development.

    The cit­rus and stone fruit fla­vors of our sus­tain­ably farmed River­stone Chardon­nay are bal­anced with the del­i­cate sweet­ness of hon­ey to cre­ate a sor­bet that is bright yet refresh­ing,” said Wine­mak­er, White Wines, Kris­ten Barn­his­el. River­stone Chardon­nay is also the first wine in our port­fo­lio to bear the Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able seal. With our mutu­al com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and our shared Cen­tral Coast roots, we couldn’t be more excit­ed to debut this hand­craft­ed treat from Leo Leo Gela­to and J. Lohr.”

    About J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines

    Found­ed forty-sev­en years ago by Jer­ry Lohr and still fam­i­ly owned and oper­at­ed today, J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines crafts a full line of inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized wines from its more than 4,000 acres of cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able estate vine­yards in Mon­terey County’s Arroyo Seco and San­ta Lucia High­lands appel­la­tions, Paso Rob­les, and St. Hele­na in Napa Val­ley. Offer­ing an expres­sive range of styles that show­case its estate fruit, J. Lohr pro­duces six tiers of award-win­ning wines: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vine­yard Series, J. Lohr Pure Paso™ Pro­pri­etary Red Wine, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Ges­ture, and J. Lohr Sig­na­ture Caber­net Sauvi­gnon. The company’s online home is jlohr​.com.

    About Leo Leo Gelato

    Own­er and Mas­ter Gelati­er Nic­coló Lekai has been obsessed with fine gela­to ever since he was a tod­dler. With every bite of Leo Leo, you’ll savor the fla­vors of both Italy and the Cen­tral Coast of Cal­i­for­nia. Our gela­to and sor­bet fla­vors are made using local­ly sourced ingre­di­ents, includ­ing fresh milk, hon­ey, straw­ber­ries, laven­der and more. Don’t miss out on the expe­ri­ence. Leo Leo Gela­to has some­thing to offer every­one! To learn more, vis­it www​.leoleoge​la​to​.com.


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