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Napa Valley
Is it possible to enjoy the vineyards on just ten bottles a day?

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Two hours from the San Francisco airport, St. Helena's Meadowood resort in Napa Valley has the perfect prescription for relaxation: Try to do as little as possible, and drink plenty of fine wine. Sure, you have to climb a flight of wooden steps to get to your cottage-in-the-woods, but you can recover in a yoga class at the Health Spa or with a Swedish massage in your room. If you must, there's a nine-hole golf course and croquet, but we prefer indulging in chef Steven Tevere's ah-inducing blinis with crème fraîche, Osetra caviar, and filet mignon with wild mushrooms and baby leeks at Meadowood's own restaurant. And if you can tear yourself away from the resort (you did come here to drink, after all), the staff will help you arrange visits to any number of nearby vineyards, as well as to Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts, which Robert Mondavi opened last fall.

Meadowood Napa Valley (doubles start at $460; 800-458-8080 or; Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts (707-259-1600 or