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September 15, 2008

The Vacation Keepsake That Keeps on Giving & Makes The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Napa Valley, California – In the rarefied world of high-end wine, exclusivity is all. Yet it’s one thing to sip hard-to-find wine, another to possess a profound understanding of the quality, character and brilliance behind what you’re drinking. That’s the enticement of The Meadowood Vintners Collection, an exclusive, invitation-only offering from Meadowood Napa Valley that puts handcrafted Napa Valley red wines of the highest quality and limited production into the hands of its Members. Handsomely packaged in a custom wooden crate and accompanied by erudite notes from Gilles de Chambure, MS, Meadowood’s Director of Wine Education, each four-bottle Vintners Collection selection is a splendid addition to a comprehensive cellar or the perfect gift to ring in the season.

Engaging, collectible and all but certain to age with distinction, the seasonal selections of the Meadowood Vintners Collection are gorgeous examples of the art of winemaking. Rare and unique, they offer a window into the passion that drives Napa Valley vintners, their commitment to handcrafted wines of the highest quality, and their strong ties to the land. Each bottle originates from a small lot of rare and special wine of extremely limited distribution – typically available only directly from the winery or via the winery’s mailing list.

What to look forward to? For the summer just past, the Meadowood Vintners Collection offered a boxed set of 2004 Dyer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Portfolio Limited Edition, 2004 Coya Malbec, and 2005 Lagier-Meredith Syrah. The line up for autumn 2008 is no less intriguing, with inimitable selections from De Chambure including 2004 Quixote Petit Syrah, 2005 Calafia (a “Meritage” blend), 2004 AZS Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 “V” Red Table Wine from Viader. Don’t bother looking for them in you local wine store – they won’t be on the shelves.

The Meadowood Vintners Collection was launched in spring 2008 to instill a deeper understanding of the quality, character and diversity of Napa Valley wines. As appealing as the wine selections are, they’re only a slice of what awaits members throughout the year. Each seasonal boxed set is accompanied by incisive tasting notes, handling and holding recommendations from De Chambure, whose passion for Napa Valley wines is equaled only by knowledge of winemaking and international wine culture. Meanwhile, the Master Sommelier’s seasonal “letters” keep members apprised of the comings, goings and conditions of wine production throughout the region.

De Chambure’s seasonal letters include observations that are certain to enthrall lovers of the grape. “Water management is on the minds of viticulturalists as hydric stress must be monitored closely during Veraison,” read De Chambure’s most recent summer letter, which went on to explicate the French term and offer on-the-ground details of local growing conditions. “Overhead sprinklers could be seen dancing in the beautiful light of the Napa Valley to lower canopy microclimate during the first heat wave of summer.”

A feast for the oenophile, with great potential to appreciate at that, the Meadowood Vintners Collection runs $450 per quarterly shipment, plus shipping and handling, with shipments scheduled for winter, spring, summer and autumn.

For more information on becoming a member of The Meadowood Vintners Collection, please contact Meadowood Napa Valley at (800) 458-8080, or visit

Meadowood is settled among two-hundred-and-fifty private acres in the heart of Napa Valley, America’s premier 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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