Ruth’s Chris Steak House, North Hills hosts Long Meadow Ranch and Stony Hill Vineyards and Winery for this charity wine dinner for the benefit of the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center.
Sponsored by Rich Gooding and Janet Sellers
Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 @ 7pm
Long Meadow Ranch
In the late 1800’s, the majestic Long Meadow Ranch property thrived with vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves, hay and a goat milk dairy until farming fell dormant during Prohibition. Over the following years, the property became swallowed by the encroaching forest until the Halls bought the property in 1989.
The Hall family carefully breathed life back into the land, nurturing it back to its glory, and then some, by cutting back the abandoned olive trees and replanting the vineyards and apple orchards as you see them growing today. Home to the Mayacamas Estate, the rugged 650-acre landscape nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains also gave way to a long, sweeping meadow, thus the name Long Meadow Ranch was born.
Our Mayacamas Estate was revitalized in 1989 according to the Hall family vision of crafting world-class wines using sustainable, organic farming practices. Today we grow 16 acres of vineyards in the Mayacamas Mountains to produce estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.
Chris Hall will be joining us this year at TWE. At age 12, Chris Hall planted his first organic vegetable garden on Long Meadow Ranch with his younger brother Timmy. The two spent every weekend tirelessly caring for their vegetables and preparing for harvest. After countless trips to the grocery store with Laddie, the two decided on pricing and bundling their bounty to be sold at a booth at the St Helena Farmer’s Market. They were a hit! This small vegetable garden would eventually propel Chris to build the vertically integrated agricultural business that Long Meadow Ranch is today and inspire him to pursue “excellence through responsible farming.”
After studying geology and fire science at the University of Colorado, Chris returned to Napa Valley to drive the development of Long Meadow Ranch’s diversified farming activities and food and wine destination, Farmstead. Chris lives in St Helena with his wife Tara and son.
Stony Hill Vineyards
Fred and Eleanor McCrea first stumbled across the property that would become Stony Hill Vineyard in the early 1940s. By 1943, they had made the rugged hillside spot on Spring Mountain their home. Fred and Eleanor loved the white wines of Burgundy, and while they would have planted the entire property to Chardonnay, viticulture advisors from the University of California recommended they diversify. They planted the first vines on the property in 1948 to Chardonnay, Riesling and a small amount of Pinot Blanc, followed a few years later by fields of Gewurztraminer and Semillon. The 21st century has seen the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Syrah.
The first Stony Hill harvest came in 1952, and the wine was snatched up quickly by family and friends. By 1954, every bottle was sold via mailing list, with a waiting list growing by the day. Eleanor ran the business end of things and Fred made the wine, developing Stony Hill’s signature restrained style and minimalist approach. Upon Fred’s death in 1977, his assistant and protégé, Mike Chelini, picked up the winemaking mantle and has carried on Stony Hill’s winemaking tradition for now over 40 years.
After Eleanor’s passing in 1991, her son Peter and daughter-in-law Willinda assumed day-to-day management of the winery. And in 2011, their daughter Sarah joined the family business. Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit, along with a commitment to maintaining Stony Hill’s reputation for wines of impeccable quality and longevity has brought the winery into a new era of renewed respect for Old World style winemaking with success and grace.
In a deal between two family-owned Napa wineries, St. Helena's Long Meadow Ranch has purchased a majority stake in the famed Stony Hill Vineyard, located in Napa's Spring Mountain District. The sale included the Stony Hill brand and inventory, and its 35 acres of vineyards. The McCrea family retained a small stake in the business and company president Sarah McCrea joined Long Meadow Ranch's executive team. Her father, Peter, also stayed on as part of the advisory board.
The two families have been friends for years and Long Meadow Ranch COO Chris Hall believes it's an opportunity for two families to come together. "When I was a kid, my dad collected Stony Hill, and so from a wine perspective, we've always really admired them," said Hall, noting that the long-term friendship of the family made it even more appealing.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, North Hills
Ruth's Chris Steak House is internationally renowned for its unbeatable USDA Prime steak, as well as the fun-loving attitude with which it is served. Offering a variety of exquisite dishes to match distinguished tastes including live Maine lobster, the freshest seafood, tender veal, plump chicken and succulent lamb chops, Ruth’s Chris invites dinners to indulge their taste buds. Guests will also enjoy the freshly-cooked vegetables including the signature creamed spinach, eight tantalizing potato selections, crisp fresh salads with delicious house-made dressings and a full array of mouth-watering appetizers. At Ruth's Chris, they use only the best ingredients and that philosophy extends from the kitchen to the wine cellar to the bar.
To know the story of Ruth Chris’s Steak House, it is important to learn about the fearless founder, Ruth Fertel. With fierce ambition, she built a modest steak house into the world’s largest fine-dining company. Ruth opened up the restaurant in the 60’s and now has several franchises throughout the nation. The restaurant celebrated the 40th anniversary in 2005 and went public later that year.
Decades after its opening, the restaurant continues to provide their customer with the same great service that Ruth prided herself.