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Wine Spectator: A Q&A with Meadowood Co-Owner Bill Harlan

October 2, 2020

For many fans of Napa Valley, the sight of the restaurant at Meadowood Resort engulfed in the flames of the Glass fire this week was heartbreaking. To Meadowood co-owner and vintner H. William Harlan, it was one more obstacle to be conquered.

Meadowood was Harlan’s first real-estate purchase in the valley. He bought what was then a rundown country club near St. Helena in 1978. (Today, vintner and real estate developer Stan Kroenke is a partner in the resort.) He had fallen in love with Napa 20 years earlier as a college student. After Meadowood, he would go on to establish his namesake winery and other projects, but the resort continues to be a passion of his. An extensive renovation in the past decade included a reimagining of the restaurant and its wine program, which earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2016.

The ashes are still smoldering at the resort, but Harlan sat down with Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish to discuss how rebuilding is an opportunity.

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