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Michael Ireland Named Wine Director of The Restaurant at Meadowood


Date: 09/20/11

Meadowood Napa Valley welcomes Michael Ireland as the Wine Director for the resort’s three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood.

Says Chef Christopher Kostow of Ireland’s appointment, "The addition of Michael Ireland to our team enables us to continue to refine the style and eloquence of our guest experience. His wide breadth of knowledge will be a tremendous addition to The Restaurant, helping us reach our goals today and in the years to come. The Restaurant is as much about personalities and characters as anything else and he will fit in well. Our Director Nathaniel Dorn and I are both eager for our guests to meet him."

“I've known and admired Chef Kostow for years and have always felt it would be exciting to partner with a chef with such a modern approach to cuisine,” says Ireland. “Nathaniel is an old soul when it comes to his service style and standards. Just 31, the experience he delivers hits all the high marks, but with a fresh and relaxed style. With Chef and Nathaniel I have found the perfect team, and with the overarching vision of Meadowood's Founding Partner, H. William "Bill" Harlan it feels as if I am coming home in a way - to the Napa Valley, to Michelin three stars, to the apex of service and food.”

Ireland began his career along the San Francisco Bay Area’s Peninsula at Parcel 104 in Santa Clara under Master Sommelier Randall Bertao and then as Wine & Spirits Director at Viognier Restaurant in San Mateo, where the wine list he authored earned Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. In 2006 Ireland moved to the Napa Valley and joined The French Laundry as Sommelier. During his time there, Ireland maintained the restaurant’s Michelin three-star status and achieved the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, becoming one of only 74 restaurants in the world to be recognized with that distinction. He later joined Quince as Head Sommelier. Most recently, Ireland was Sommelier of Benu in San Francisco where he received rave reviews from San Francisco Chronicle’s Restaurant Critic Michael Bauer.

Adds Nathaniel, "Michael's unrelenting pursuit of excellence has taken him to many of the best institutions in our industry. With each step he has continued to push the limits of professionalism, allowing him, as well as his colleagues, to reach their full potential. I am confident our combined synergies will help carry The Restaurant at Meadowood to new levels.”

Ireland brings more than fifteen years of hospitality experience to The Restaurant. Currently a Master Sommelier candidate with The Court of Master Sommeliers, he is an Advanced Certified Wine Professional through the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and was the recipient of the inaugural Bordeaux Scholarship from the Guild of Sommeliers in 2010.

The Restaurant at Meadowood offers a casually elegant dining experience featuring a modern approach to Napa Valley cuisine that’s approachable, dynamic, evocative and playful. The service, which is at once professional, relaxed and fun, complements and completes the experience. The Restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. To reserve dinner seating please call (707) 967-1205.

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