Wydown Hotel's September 2016 Newsletter
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On a Personal Note


The start of September marks the beginning of a magical time here in the valley – Harvest. The air is filled with the smell of grapes and the rows and rows of vines are dotted with the deep purple clusters of some of the world’s finest. But little by little, morning by morning, the clusters disappear overnight as they are gathered up for the next stage of their life.  Soon the purple grapes and green leaves are replaced with reds and yellows, but not yet.  I can only imagine the intensity of the next couple months for all those involved in the wine industry as they quite literally see the fruits of their labor realized.  Years of planning and pruning toward the goal of an enduring wine that will speak for decades.  These harvests drive our valley forward and we are forever grateful for all of their hard work.  And of course, we love to enjoy their beautiful wines that do our valley proud.


Mark Hoffmeister
Owner/Operator, Wydown Hotel 

What’s Up at the Wydown
Wine Down at the Wydown

Fridays are our favorite day of the week, and that’s not just because it means the weekend has finally arrived. Of course we love the weekend, but we also love sipping and conversing with every single one of you at our Wine Down at the Wydown series. In case you missed it, we start our weekends by hosting a marvelous local winery for complementary tastings and light bites. We’ve had an amazing first couple of weeks, and we are excited to keep the bottles popping! Our next guests include Madrigal Family Winery on September 2, and Yao Family Wines on September 9.  Here’s a little more background on these amazing wineries:
Three generations of Madrigals have farmed in Napa Valley, and each generation brings incredible passion, appreciation and relationships to the land and the people who live here. Keeping with family tradition, the brand is currently run by Chris Madrigal, grandson to the original founder. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the Madrigal winery is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.
Founded in 2011 by retired basketball star and global humanitarian Yao Ming, Yao Family Wines took the industry by storm with its critically acclaimed, world-class wines. Comprised of two primary brands, the Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Napa Crest Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend, the winery sources its grapes from some of the most prestigious Napa Valley vineyards and uses artisan winemaking techniques.

All Things Social 


This month's #WydownHunt feature comes from Beth Gibbs who beautifully captured one of her favorite art installations in the hotel. When you stay at The Wydown, you have a chance to play a fun social media St. Helena scavenger hunt and win great prizes! Find out more information here

Design Corner 


Traveling can be exhausting, and to help ease the journey, the Wydown strives to make sure everything feels like a home away from home. We wanted to re-create the comfort of a stately home with the relaxed atmosphere of a vacation getaway. Owner Mark Hoffmeister designed every aspect of the hotel to reflect this vision, and it especially holds true for each guest room. After all, what’s a vacation without a chic, cozy place to rest your tired head?
One of our favorite rooms, the Luxury Corner Room, features postcard worthy views of downtown St. Helena, and the mountainous region of Napa Valley. For those travelers wanting to remain inside, the room is full of modern amenities ensuring a comfortable, luxurious stay. Keeping with the Wydown tradition, every piece of furniture, art, and even the toiletries were handpicked by Mark, to ensure they remain the embodiment of comfort and relaxation.

What's Happening in St. Helena

It is our favorite time of the year – Harvest season! We rounded up a list of some of our favorite events to help you celebrate.

Charles Krug

September 10 marks the 65th annual Tasting on the Lawn at Charles Krug, the oldest winery in Napa Valley. From 5 – 8 p.m., guests can enjoy an Americana-themed party, complete with mouth-watering barbeque, new release wines, and live music by The Americans. Tickets are $90 a person, and all attendees must be 21 or over.

Clif Family Winery

On September 17, the Clif Family Farm Fest celebrates Harvest, family, and delicious food and wine. From 3 - 8 p.m., guests can enjoy live music, local artisan food demos, farm tours and more. Tickets are $75, and include a shuttle ride to the farm. Get them here.

V. Sattui Winery

The V. Sattui Harvest Ball will also be held on September 17 (from 6-10 p.m.) Guests are invited to sip, dance, and dine the night away at this black tie affair. An Italian guest chef will prepare multi-course dinners, while friendly wait staff pours only the best vintages and reserves. Dance the night away with music from Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond, and top off the evening with a Madeira nightcap, port and cigars. Tickets are $225 for members, and $250 for non-members.  For more information, go here.

Local Voices


Cary Gott
Founder, Vineyard & Winery Estates

Q: What made you fall in love with St. Helena?
A: The vineyards and wineries of the valley and the dream of being part of the wine business. I was a student at UC Davis in Enology and Viticulture and my father James Gott was managing Inglenook for United Vintners. Working at Inglenook in the cellar was my first winery job and I loved it. We lived in St. Helena and found the people wonderful and the lifestyle perfect.
Q: Where is your favorite spot in St. Helena?
A: It’s hard not to say the family’s restaurant, Gott’s Roadside, is my favorite but on the favorites list there is also . . .
  • Steve’s Hardware (my Saturday and Sunday projects store)
  • Sportago
  • Model Bakery
  • Bar Terra
Q: What makes St. Helena stand apart from other communities in Napa Valley?
A: One of the great aspects of St. Helena is the watchful and protecting eyes and hearts of the city’s citizens to protect the quality of life in St. Helena, the education of our children and its involvement in the production of great grapes and wines. A lovely town and community.
Q: What is your favorite season in St. Helena? Why?
A: The fall harvest season is wonderful as the town gets busy with grapes on the road, going to wineries, tourists with smiles on their faces and the occasional smells of grapes fermenting.
That said, it is hard not to love a warm spring day when the trees and vines are leafing out and the vineyards are full of yellow mustard flowers.
Q: If you could recommend only one activity to a tourist visiting St. Helena (besides your business), what would it be and why?
A: Walk up and down Main Street and have a meal at one of the many great restaurants and of course some shopping in the stores. Then go visit several wineries and enjoy Napa Valley wines. Spend a peaceful and wonderful night at Wydown Hotel with great rooms and soft pillows to make the perfect St. Helena stay.

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