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Napa Valley Releases New Limoncello XO Blend

DBR Staff Writer Published 20 December 2009

Claims it is the world's first organic Meyer lemon liqueur

Napa Valley, a wine producer and maker of gourmet edibles, has introduced new Limoncello, a lemon liqueur. Napa Valley Limoncello, a micro-distillery, claims that it has released the first and only premium Limoncello in the world that's made using rare organic Meyer Lemons.

According to the company, Meyer lemons are prized for their sweet, less acidic and more fruity flavor compared to other lemon varieties. Unfortunately, Meyer Lemons are not always readily available since they only grow a few months out of the year.

The company said that that new Napa Valley Limoncello XO Blend has fruit and lemon flavors, a hint of vanilla and honey. Napa Valley Limoncello is handcrafted in small batches using a time-honored process. The organic Meyer Lemons are first hand-peeled and then examined to remove any trace of pith. After hand peeling and pithing the lemons, they infuse the peels in a distilled spirit to draw out all the essential oils.

Arthur Hartunian, owner and manager of Napa Valley Limoncello, said: Although very tedious and time consuming, we do this to ensure a naturally sweet and fruity Limoncello with absolutely zero bitterness. Something none of the import brands do.

Lusine Hartunian, co-owner of Napa Valley Limoncello, said: In every recipe the main ingredient is the chef. So, while using premium ingredients is vital in making a great product, the artistry of our infusing and blending techniques define the taste characteristics of Napa Valley Limoncello.”