It was one of those perfect nights. Dusk was setting in, a cool breeze blew in from the Gulf of Thailand, the mosquitos were at bay, and there was wine, lots of wine. Arriving at Luna La Pran Restaurant, the beachside restaurant at the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, we were met by a welcoming committee from Beringer vineyards – the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley, California. Founded in 1876 by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer, the vineyard its now run by Jacob’s great great-grandson and chief winemaker Mark Beringer. With over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa’s best appellations (as well as Sonoma County and Paso Robles), the winery is recognised as one of the region’s preeminent producers with a rich portfolio of wines.
On hand for this event were five wines from the winery: a chardonnay, a rose, a merlot, a cabernet, and a cabernet sauvignon. The restaurant spilled out onto the grassy lawn in front where tables and beanbag chairs had been set up. A band played live throughout the event – and there was even a little dancing. Luna La Pran has a few great specials right now for those who haven’t made the drive to check out this charming restaurant with a panoramic view of the gulf. First up is their happy hour, which runs 4pm – 6pm and 9pm – 10pm every day.
Then, every Saturday, Luna La Pran has a BBQ buffet with fresh seafood and marinated meats, grilled to order and accompanied by beautifully arranged salads and appetizers together with a delicious selection of Western specialties and Thai favourites. Also, Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) members receive a 20% discount on food to boot.