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July 30, 2008

Raise A Glass To The Wine Country Experience At Meadowood Napa Valley

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Napa Valley, California – Drench yourself in an authentic wine country experience at Meadowood Napa Valley. Set in the heart of one of the world’s greatest viticultural regions, the private, two-hundred-fifty acres Relais & Chateaux estate is northern California’s preeminent destination for sophisticated travelers whose thirst for fine wine culture is equaled only by their desire for the good life.

Located in St. Helena at the crossroads of the famed Silverado Trail and Meadowood Road, Meadowood is more private club than mere resort, serving as the center of social, cultural and viticultural life in the Napa Valley, as well as an exclusive retreat for those who savor the beauty, hospitality and distinct charm of wine country. The eighty-five guest rooms, suites and lodges property goes above and beyond to assure the contentment of its guests with attentive service and spirited on-site diversions including tennis and golf, and an exquisite focus on the culture of the grape that surrounds it.

For instance, there is a resident Wine Educator at Meadowood Napa Valley, the better to steep guests in the essential role that wine plays in society and the intricacies of the winemaking process from inspiration to bottle. There is also a Master Sommelier at The Restaurant at Meadowood, whose keen knowledge of the resort’s comprehensive Napa Valley wine list assures magnificent pairings with Michelin two-star Chef Christopher Kostow’s ever-evolving menu of local cuisine from locally grown provisions.

Meadowood also offers a well-stocked activities calendar, with events such as Auction Napa Valley, which the estate has hosted for 27 years, and the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers revealing its commitment to the community and wine education. Indeed, the Symposium, which Meadowood helps underwrite, accepts no outside sponsorship to maintain its integrity.

The Estate Experience
Meadowood draws upon 40 years of tradition, beginning as the original gathering place for Napa Valley’s burgeoning wine community, to offer guests the heights of luxury. Eight-five guest rooms, suites and lodges are arrayed throughout the forested hillside of the property’s beautiful valley. Simply designed from natural materials in a refined country style, all accommodations are cozy and comfortable, most with wood-burning fireplaces, decks or porches, and fetching forest or hillside views.

The aforementioned Restaurant at Meadowood draws upon local and even estate-grown provisions to treat guests to the essence of Napa Valley cuisine. To complement Chef Kostow’s notably honored preparation, Master Sommelier Rom Touloun draws from 950 wines to heighten the flavor of each dish. The Restaurant menu offers prix fixe and a la carte items, including Chef’s Tasting Menus, as well as a delectable selection of artisan cheeses and desserts. Guests may also pull up a chair at The Grill at Meadowood, enjoy in-room dining, or savor picnic and poolside delights.

For spirited guests, Meadowood Napa Valley offers a wide range of active diversions. Tennis lovers can smack a racquet on seven immaculately maintained plexi-pave hard courts, each blending harmoniously with statuesque oaks, pines and maples. Golfers can try their talents on the resort’s 9-hole, 2,014-yard, par 31 course, with no motorized carts to spoil the ambiance. Typical for Meadowood, both the property’s tennis and golf programs are guided by resident pros.

So, too, is croquet at Meadowood, which takes the game as serious as its crisply dressed devotees. The estate hosted the U.S. Croquet Championships in 1986, and is pleased to offer two full-size, world-class courts and the finest full-time teaching facility in the country, under leadership or resident pro Jerry Stark, a former member of the U.S. Croquet Association national team.

For guests who desire wellness beyond the potential of fine wine, The Health Spa at Meadowood is a destination unto itself. A wide array of fitness options await, such as outdoor Tai Chi and eco-fitness classes, one-on-one Pilates, yoga and wellness counseling, and myriad treatments to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Topped off with a spa menu of Napa Valley cuisine, and the Spa is a healthful retreat.

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So tuck into the wine country experience at Meadowood Napa Valley, a private estate celebrating wine culture in the heart of Napa Valley.

Rates start at $525. For more information or to make reservations at Meadowood Napa Valley, please call (800) 458-8080;

Meadowood is settled among two-hundred-fifty private acres in the heart of Napa Valley, America’s premiere wine growing region. The estate is a center for social, cultural and viticultural life in the valley and is known for its beautiful, natural setting, gracious hospitality, classic architecture and traditional pastimes including croquet, tennis, golf, swimming, hiking, bird-watching, fine dining and the enjoyment of wine. Also a private club, Meadowood counts Napa Valley’s most prominent vintners among its members.

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