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The Meritage Resort and Spa’s Olive & Hay Restaurant Receives Prestigious Napa Valley Wine Award from Napa Valley Vintners

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Premier Resort and Restaurant Recognized for its Commitment To Napa Valley Wine Industry

NAPA, California (May 23, 2022) – The Meritage Resort & Spa, the premier AAA Four Diamond resort located at the gateway to Napa Valley, is pleased to announce that its signature Italian restaurant, Olive & Hay, has received the prestigious Napa Valley Wine Award for the excellence of its selection of Napa Valley Wines.  This is the second time the restaurant has been honored with the award, presented annually by the Napa Valley Vintners.  

Fusing homemade and homegrown, modern and classic, innovative and traditional Italian cuisine, Olive & Hay features local Napa Valley-sourced ingredients both in its food menu and its wine list. The restaurant’s wine selection is overseen by Director of Culinary Experience Chef Vincent Lesage and Food and Beverage Manager Roberto Lezama.

“Napa is a uniquely tight-knit community, and we are passionate about representing and supporting this very special place,” said Lezama.  “We are fortunate that some of the world’s most acclaimed wines are produced here.  It’s a thrill to serve patrons who have traveled from all over the globe to experience the quintessential Napa Valley cuisine and viniculture.” 

In addition to a wine list that features more than 100 varietals, Olive & Hay’s team is highly skilled in the art of selecting and serving wine for its guests.  The restaurant is committed to providing its employees with avenues for professional growth in the wine industry through daily training and a partnership with the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

“We prioritize investment in our team members because the retention and quality that comes from that investment results in a positive experience for both our employees and our guests,” said Lesage. “As the premier hospitality destination in Napa Valley, we are proud to offer the best of Northern California’s wine country through our offerings as well as through the services provided by our team of experts.”

Located near the celebrated Carneros wine-growing region that uniquely spans Napa and Sonoma counties, The Meritage Resort & Spa and, Vista Collina at the Meritage, curates the best of Napa Valley to create a unique wine country experience.  The expansive property features on-site tasting rooms; the Food & Wine Center, where guests can discover their inner top chef and learn about Napa Valley wines and the art of wine tasting; and a host of seasonal wine events, including the Chardonnay Classic, featuring a celebratory weekend of tasting experiences, expert-led seminars, gourmet lunches, and luxurious dinners to benefit SommFoundation, a nonprofit corporation that assists in the education and professional development of those working in the wine and spirits business.

About The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina at The Meritage

Offering acres of sun-soaked hillside vineyards and beautiful accommodations paired with luxurious amenities and award-winning cuisine, The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina at the Meritage celebrate the best of Napa Valley. This destination resort with two distinctive hotel offerings blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality for a resort experience in the heart of California’s wine country. Amenities include indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground Estate Cave, a Food & Wine Village with a locally-sourced artisanal market, on-site tasting rooms, a spacious community lawn for picnics, and outdoor gatherings, and more. Find more information at MeritageResort.com.

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