Long Meadow Ranch
 

First Ever Futures Program and Enhanced
LMR Corral Club Announced in Response to Devastating Fire

October 19, 2005, Rutherford, CA

Long Meadow Ranch announced today its first ever Futures Program and an expansion of its highly successful wine club, the LMR Corral Club.

"We have spent the last few days developing strategies for moving forward and these are the first steps in response to the devastating warehouse fire at Wine Central Services in Vallejo last Wednesday night. Sadly, we now know that the fire was set by an arsonist and that we have no prospect of recovering our bottled wine inventory," said co-owner Ted Hall. "Nevertheless, we are moving forward aggressively and are creating new programs that allow us to keep in close touch with our valued customers."

"We have had dozens and dozens of our friends and customers writing and calling to ask how they can help," Hall continued. "My knee jerk response was 'please buy a grass-fed ribeye steak', but these new initiatives provide a much more significant opportunity for our wine-buying customers to continue their relationship with us.

Long Meadow Ranch will release its 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon on September 1, 2006. "Thankfully, this beautiful wine was safely in our caves. We will bottle it on November 8th and the wine will have almost 10 months of bottle age before it is released to consumers," said General Manager, Cathy Hazel. "Happily, we made a very graceful wine in 2003 and it should be ready for drinking shortly after its release."

As in a typical "futures" wine program, the wine may be purchased now for future delivery at a price of $280.50 for a 750ml six-pack - a 15 percent discount from the projected $55 bottle price. Significantly, a member of the LMR Corral Club enjoys an additional 10 percent discount for a six-pack price of $247.50 or just $41.25 per bottle. "Because of the fire we will have a long selling period for this wine. We hope that consumers will want to buy now to be sure that they can enjoy our Cabernet Sauvignon," said sales manager, Chris Hall. "It is sure to become scarce."

The LMR Corral Club has been enhanced and augmented to sustain the regular shipments to its members. Six shipments, instead of five, are planned for 2006, which will also include the debut of two new wines. "The fire has induced us to unveil two exciting projects that we previously had kept under wraps," said co-owner Ted Hall. "We are excited about the opportunity to share the news with our customers."

"Our January shipment will now feature a wine made at Long Meadow Ranch by our winemaker, Ashley Heisey. Ashley has been quietly incubating a Syrah program at our winery and we are very pleased to share her 2003 Napa Valley Syrah bottled under the her own label, Marelle," said Ted Hall. "This wine is an exquisite example of Syrah and - in keeping with the Long Meadow Ranch style - a wonderful accompaniment to food," said Heisey. The bottle price for the 2003 Marelle Napa Valley Syrah is $36.

The second project is an experimental lot of 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc. "We have been wanting to add a white wine to 'complete the table' when we present a meal prepared exclusively from the ranch. So, we tasted many Sauvignon Blancs in combination with a wide array of foods and chose a style that we hope will be a very food-friendly wine - especially for our tomatoes. We will ship our first ever Sauvignon Blanc on May 1 to our members," said co-owner Laddie Hall. The bottle price for the 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc will be $22.

The remainder of the six shipment schedule includes 2003 Sangiovese on March 1, 2006 Prato Lungo and Napa Valley Select olive oils on June 1, and 2004 Ranch House Red on July 1, and, finally, the release of 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon on September 1.

"We are adding an option for members of the LMR Corral Club to choose a 6-bottle shipment instead of the regular 2-bottle shipment. And, as we previously announced, our partnership with New Vine Logistics allows us to accept memberships for customers in most states - including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. So, the club is now accessible to virtually all of our friends. We hope they join up now," concluded Cathy Hazel.

Members and a guest will also be invited to attend (without charge) the Grand Opening Celebration at Rutherford Gardens on March 11, 2006, featuring the Ranch's bountiful produce, newly released 2003 Sangiovese, grass-fed beef BBQ, and the new demonstration gardens. A fall event at the ranch ,featuring a celebrity chef cooking demonstration, rounds out the package.

"But, in the meantime, please don't forget that we have lots of olive oil, beef jerky, hot dogs, and steaks available, too." Ted Hall added with a twinkle in his eye.

Click for here to order 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon wine futures or to join the LMR Corral Club.

2006 LMR Corral Club Schedule

January 2003 Marelle Napa Valley Syrah
March 2003 Long Meadow Ranch Sangiovese
March Grand Opening Celebration at LMR Rutherford Gardens
May 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
May 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
June 2006 Prato Lungo and Napa Valley Select Extra Virgin Olive Oils
July 2004 LMR Ranch House Red
September 2003 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
October Celebrity chef demonstration and lunch featuring LMR fall recipes

 

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Long Meadow Ranch is an innovative organic farming operation - and purveyor of fine food - located high above the Napa Valley on the picturesque slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where it produces extraordinary red wine, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables for Napa Valley's finest restaurants. Long Meadow Ranch produces ultra premium wines and extra virgin olive oils, under the Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ranch House Red, Prato Lungo, and Napa Valley Select labels. Beyond the Napa Valley, America's top chefs have regularly featured Long Meadow Ranch wines and olive oils.

Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.

The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.

"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.

Contact: Chris Hall
Phone: 707-963-4555
Email: chris@longmeadowranch.com

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