Long Meadow Ranch To Open Destination Location
Soon in St. Helena
January 11, 2010, St. Helena, CA
Long Meadow Ranch proprietors Ted, Laddie, and Chris Hall are pleased to announce this winter’s opening of Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, a sustainable food, wine and agricultural center located in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley. A local gathering place and Napa Valley destination, the multi-use location is anchored by Farmstead restaurant and Long Meadow Ranch Winery’s new tasting room, as well as wine flavor and vegetable gardens, a seasonal farm stand, and an organic nursery.
This exciting destination will offer an array of experiences for lovers of local food and wines, including fresh farm-to-table dining, wine and olive oil tasting, and engaging educational experiences that underscore Long Meadow Ranch’s time-honored motto of “Excellence through Responsible Farming.”
Located on a two-and-a-half-acre site with an agricultural heritage dating from the 1870s, the entire property is solar powered and is maintained using the traditional, sustainable, and certified organic practices long employed by Long Meadow Ranch – hailed by local food advocates for its full circle farming methods that rely on each part of the ranch contributing to the success of the whole.
“My family is committed to bringing together our fresh, locally and sustainably produced food and wines in an easily accessible location where our local community and visiting guests can also acquire the knowledge and tools to grow and prepare great food themselves,” said Chris Hall. “Our goal is to create a destination that will be equally compelling for our local community as well as for the valley’s many visitors.”
Opening in February 2010, Farmstead restaurant showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of executive chef/partner Sheamus Feeley, who most recently served as executive chef/research and development for Hillstone Restaurants at Napa Valley’s famed Rutherford Grill. At Farmstead restaurant, Feeley has created an authentic farm-to-table menu of family-style and à la carte items that highlight local ingredients at their peak freshness, allowing the essence of the nutrient-rich, organic produce to shine. The ingredients in Feeley’s kitchen are procured entirely from local sources and feature Long Meadow Ranch’s all-natural grass-fed beef and organic and sustainably produced eggs, fruits, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, and honey – as well as ingredients from local artisan producers.
Possessing a substantial background in Southern cooking styles, Feeley emphasizes a wood-burning element for select dishes, including wood roasted grass fed marrow bones with beet and parsley salad; wood grilled Pacific Cod with house made sausage, clams and potatoes; and brick roasted Petaluma chicken with flagoulet beans, greens and lemon. Feeley’s kitchen at Farmstead restaurant is also outfitted with a plancha, a cast-iron grill, ideal for searing Long Meadow Ranch’s healthy, tender, and flavorful grass-fed beef.
The wine program at Farmstead restaurant features Long Meadow Ranch’s elegant and balanced wines, as well as other domestic and international wines selected by Chris Hall to complement the restaurant’s American farmhouse cooking. The appealing wine list is attractively priced over producers’ wholesale prices. Similarly, there will be no corkage fee at Farmstead restaurant.
Housed in a former nursery barn, the 110-seat restaurant has been envisioned as a casual, social culinary hub revolving around a central open kitchen with booth and central seating, community dining, and a full bar. Outdoors in season, additional guests can enjoy a meal among the espalier apple trees, drinks at the bar, or relaxing with friends and family by the cozy wood-fired authentic forge.
Long Meadow Ranch’s world-class wines and extra virgin olive oils also receive star billing in the adjacent tasting room, which opened to the public in December. Set in St. Helena’s historic Logan-Ives House, built in the 1870s and faithfully restored to its classic Gothic Revival farmhouse architecture, the tasting room is open daily to the public and includes two private rooms for intimate gatherings as well as a kitchen for preparing daily wine and food pairings. The building also houses Long Meadow Ranch Winery’s administrative offices.
Guided by the Hall family’s sustainable philosophy, EDG Interior Architecture + Design repurposed discarded redwood framing from the property's historic residence as cladding for the restaurant's bar front. Tree stumps from the site were refashioned as side tables. Stones from the original foundation form the outdoor fireplace, which is a replica of a historic forge. The rough, granite material of the restaurant's bar top evokes the massive granite wheels of Long Meadow Ranch's olive oil mill. Salvaged hay hooks and poultry feeders were transformed into eye-catching light fixtures by local lighting artist Jim Misner.
The “farmscape” at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead provides the setting for an array of engaging educational experiences that illuminate the direct path from the farm to the table – and to one’s home. Natural grasses and fruit trees grow alongside a wine flavor garden redolent with melons, berries, herbs and other natural essences found in Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Guests of the tasting room are welcome to take docent-led tours of the wine flavor and demonstration gardens and learn more about the heirloom tomatoes they just enjoyed with their meal, or the extraordinary flavors that reveal themselves in Long Meadow Ranch’s food-friendly wines. Additional visitor experiences include private backroad tours of the 650-acre home ranch, nestled high above the Napa Valley in the Mayacamas Mountains, in an all-terrain Swiss Army Pinzgauer vehicle.
In the summer of 2010, Long Meadow Ranch will open its seasonal outdoor farmers market, where guests will have the opportunity to purchase grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables onsite.
Whiting Nursery, which has served the community since 1957, will continue nursery operations at the location. The longstanding business will provide organic nursery and farm supply products, including livestock equipment and organic feed. The nursery will feature organically grown specialty vegetables, plants, and trees locally supplied by LMR Rutherford Gardens in addition to other selected suppliers. Educational programs will continue to be offered regularly through the nursery.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. The tasting room for Long Meadow Ranch Winery in the historic Logan-Ives House is open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily. For more information, please visit www.longmeadowranch.com . Farmstead restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Reservations can be made by calling the Farmstead restaurant at (707) 963-9181 or via Open Table. For more information, please visit www.farmsteadnapa.com.
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Long Meadow Ranch is a diversified organic farming operation with its home ranch in the western hills of the Napa Valley; vineyards in Rutherford; a production produce garden known as LMR Rutherford Gardens; and a wine, food, garden, and nursery destination in St. Helena known as Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead. In addition, Long Meadow Ranch will operate the Farmstead restaurant beginning in February 2010.
Long Meadow Ranch produces handcrafted 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 , including the latest season finale of “Top Chef” which exclusively featured ingredients from Long Meadow Ranch.
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.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief and dedicated practices 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
For more information on Long Meadow Ranch and its programs, call (707) 963-4555, or visit the website at www.longmeadowranch.com.
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