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April 10, 2010

CW launches premium Williamsburg Inn wine brand

Colonial Williamsburg announces a new line of private label wines bottled exclusively under the Williamsburg Inn label and produced from grapes grown in the Napa Valley region of California.

“The Williamsburg Inn has served wines under its own label for 18 years, made from grapes grown throughout California,” said Charles Birr, sommelier and beverage manager for the Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge. “We wanted a premium quality, consistent wine and blind tasted more than 100 wines before we selected these distinctive wines, all from grapes grown in the greatest vineyards in Napa Valley.”

The Cabernet is from the Calistoga wine region; the Merlot is from the Rutherford district and the Chardonnay from the Carneros region – all in Napa Valley. The wines are served in the Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge and are priced at about $50 per bottle on the menu or $12 by the glass.

Colonial Williamsburg will introduce private label wines from Virginia vineyards later this year. Wine lists for both the Inn and the Lodge include a substantial number of Virginia wines, and the Lodge was recently recognized for its extensive Virginia wine list by Virginia Wine Lover magazine.

The Williamsburg Inn is the landmark property conceived and built by Colonial Williamsburg benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and opened in April 1937. The Inn’s culinary team serves the elegant Regency Room, as well as the Restoration Bar and Terrace Room, catering and room service. The Inn’s history boasts a succession of masterful chefs who have delighted heads of state, celebrities and VIP guests.

The Regency Room incorporates period design elements from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England, and overlooks gardens and lawns evocative of the English countryside. Less formal than the Regency Room, the Terrace Room is a warm setting adjacent to the Inn’s Restoration Bar, with large windows overlooking the Inn Terrace, the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course and the lawn bowling green.

The Regency Room was named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame in 2006, and both the Regency Room and the Williamsburg Lodge restaurant are recipients of Wine Spectator’s 2009 Award of Excellence.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the restored Williamsburg Lodge.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at colonialwilliamsburg.com. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7121



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