Molinari Private Reserve (MPR) is an extraordinary new wine-infused coffee brand made in the heart of Napa Valley. The creation of Napa caffe owner Rick Molinari http://www.molinaricaffe.com, MPR initially started as a unique experiment between Rick Molinari and Wild Card Roasters, LLC Master Coffee Roaster, John Weaver. Weaver works closely with Molinari to unite Napa’s renowned food scene with the region’s two most beloved beverages.
Though the idea of wine and coffee is not totally new (famed winemaker Robert Mondavi is known to have enjoyed wine in his morning coffee), MPR is the first coffee company to successfully infuse coffee beans with wine. A secret art form, MPR took Molinari two and a half years to perfect. Each regular and decaf blend is made from carefully selected coffee beans that are rehydrated to a specific liquid percentage using a special house made red – created exclusively for Molinari by local Napa wineries – and then dried and roasted. The result is an (alcohol free) rich full-bodied coffee with a blueberry note.
MPR coffee grounds can be prepared in a variety of ways: Latte, Espresso, French Press, Cold, Black, used as a rub, and more, producing a host of differing flavor profiles. The addition of milk makes the wine more pronounced, while the French Press emphasizes the blueberry essence. And, much like wine, the cooler MPR gets, the more the coffee breathes and opens.
MPR is sold at Molinari Caffe, Robert Mondavi Winery, Franciscan Estate Winery, JCB Wines, and right here! Beginning in April, it will also be available at Feast it Forward, the forthcoming first experiential estate in Napa which combines food, wine, art, music, philanthropy and MPR under one roof http://www.feastitforward.com. And it will soon be carried on several major cruise lines and hotels.