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St. Helena, California 94574

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Pacific Union Inc

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Vintrust LLC

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The Napa Valley Reserve



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UC Berkeley

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, H. William Harlan

H. William HarlanAdvisory Board Member
Bill Harlan is Co-founder of Pacific Union Co., a diversified real estate firm in San Francisco.The company has a 30-year history of high quality development, with holdings in land, commercial, retail, residential, hospitality, and special/mixed use properties.
Bill is Managing Owner of Meadowood Napa Valley, a Relais & Chateaux resort in the heart of California's premium winegrowing region.The Meadowood estate, surrounded by 250 wooded acres, has 84 cottages, golf, tennis, a restaurant and a health spa.Meadowood is the host property of the Napa Valley Vintners' annual Wine Auction, widely regarded as the most prestigious wine event in America.
Bill and his wife, Deborah are proprietors of Harlan Estate, a Napa Valley hillside winegrowing estate with the commitment of creating one of California's finest red wine estates.
The Harlans live in the Napa Valley with their two children, Amanda (13) and Will (16).

2010 | Rudy Maxa's World with The Careys [cached]

Featured guests include Bill Harlan, owner of Meadowood resort and producer of Harlan Estate (along with his wife, Deborah), the highly rated and difficult-to-get red wine that bears his family name; Los Angeles-based chef and restaurant owner Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza; and Rom Toulon, sommilier at The Restaurant, the Michelin three-starred restaurant at Meadowood.

Harlan Estate - The Napa Wine Project [cached]

We chose Harlan Estate for this milestone visit because of their well-regarded reputation for quality, the instant name recognition and because of Mr. Harlan's unique personal contributions, influence and history in the Napa Valley over the past 30+ years.

Mr. Harlan went to school at UC Berkeley and his first introduction to the Napa Valley was in 1959 (at this time, Napa served the purpose of weekend getaways for taking his dates from Berkeley). Lured by the natural beauty and eventually by the potential for growing wine grapes his visits became more frequent. His passion for wine started in his teens. Mr. Harlan attended the opening day of Robert Mondavi's winery in 1966 and by this time was already nurturing a dream of owning his own wine estate.
Before Harlan there was Merryvale. This was the first winery to be built after Prohibition in the Napa Valley and Harlan and partners brought this winery back to life in 1983 (he sold his interest in the mid 90's). Before Merryvale there was Meadowood, still one of the most exclusive lodging options in the Napa Valley (also home to the annual Napa Wine Auction). Meadowood was established by Bill Harlan in 1979.
Not to be outdone is Napa's most exclusive "wine club", the Napa Valley Reserve which was also started by Bill Harlan. Located next to Meadowood this is an exclusive invitation only wine club (wine, use of facilities, special events, trips, educational events) with an initiation fee at the time of this review that runs $155,000.
Mr. Harlan purchased his original property in 1984 - at that time, despite being less than 30 years ago, the property was completely forested and covered with native vegetation. The original purchase was 6 acres and this has grown to 240 acres today with 40 acres under vine. Mr. Harlan had the foresight and vision to turn this hillside acreage into a world class "first growth" vineyard of Napa Valley. While his own property was never developed to vineyards - nearby parts of Oakville were certainly had proven terroir including Martha's Vineyard.
Harlan was not in a hurry to push wine to market after purchasing the property. Mr. Harlan's focus on Harlan Estate has always been a long term one - thinking out decades in the future.
They stay lined up until bottling; Harlan does not rack the barrels.
Harlan's produces a second wine called "The Maiden".
Surprisingly Harlan has distribution in about 35 states and 30 countries - yet with a production of only 1800 cases and their price point, distribution is very selective. Locally you can find the wine at times, at several wine shops including 750 Wines and St. Helena Wine Merchants and St. Helena Wine Center (all in the town of St. Helena). Harlan sells direct, but you must be on their mailing list. To join the waiting list, visit:
Bill Harlan interview, Wine Spectator:

Harlan Family Record Spring 2008 [cached]

William C. Harlan FORT LEWIS, Washington - First Sgt. William C. Harlan remembers seeing the pothole. He could not see the bomb hidden inside.

Harlan was standing in the squad leader hatch of a Stryker armored vehicle, leading a patrol in Mosul, Iraq. The Stryker passed directly over the pothole and the bomb erupted with massive force, catapulting the 20-ton vehicle several feet into the air.
Harlan was immediately ejected, blasted some 30 feet away.
"A staff sergeant, two vehicles back, he saw me fly out," Harlan recalled of the March 2006 incident. "I looked like a rag doll. He was convinced I was already dead."
The platoon medic, accompanied by soldiers, rushed over to administer first aid. Harlan, though critically injured, remained calm and directed the security and evacuation plan before being taken to a field hospital.
He earned a Purple Heart for his service that day in Iraq. But for leadership demonstrated last year in helping other wounded troops cope with suffering and rehabilitation, Harlan is the 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year.
Norris was one of several soldiers who nominated Harlan for the honor.
Harlan had returned safely from previous tours in Afghanistan in 2002-03 and Iraq in 1990-91.
"We were all scared because none of us knew what was going to happen," Katy said as tears welled in her eyes. "Our mom told us our dad was hurt really bad, he was blown up, and that he might not pull through."
Harlan was hospitalized stateside for three months. He underwent 16 major surgeries to repair dozens of broken bones in his legs, and torn ligaments in his right knee. He recovered and walks again, and despite lingering physical and mental pain from the injury, elected to continue serving on active duty.
Indeed, even before he was medically cleared for duty, Harlan volunteered to help establish the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., a unit designed to help rehabilitate injured combat soldiers. Harlan also volunteered to spend time with the children of fallen soldiers as part of the post's Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
"I needed to give something back to those who had helped me recover," he said.
Harlan, 39, grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif. He enlisted in the Army at age 20 in part because he wanted to serve his country. He opted against becoming an officer.
"I really decided I had more to offer the Army as an NCO than an officer," he said. "It's a personality thing. You have much more direct influence on young soldiers' lives as an NCO than you do as an officer."
His enthusiasm for the job hasn't been lost on his colleagues. "Leadership from the front, always," Capt. Matthew T. Kirby wrote of Harlan.
Harlan has received numerous awards during his military career, which he began as a mortarman with the 82nd Airborne Division. His Purple Heart and a pair of Bronze Stars adorn the walls of his apartment near Fort Lewis.
Harlan said an investigation into the Stryker bombing indicated the improvised explosive device was likely pressure-triggered and placed there by Sunni insurgents. Still, he said, he would return to Iraq without hesitation. Above all, Harlan said, he hopes his story inspires others. "I look at this as a great thing for all wounded soldiers who have struggled to come back," he said.
Sgt. Harlan's Headquarters Company is Fort Lewis, Washington. His assignment is to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He has served two tours in Iraq, in 2005-06 and 1990-91, and in Afghanistan in 2002-03.
Quote from the actual citation naming 1st Sergeant William C. Harlan as 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year:
"First Sgt. Harlan's enthusiasm for his job is evident to all as he leads from the front. A true American hero who is essential to the continued success of our overall military operations stateside and overseas. We are proud to recognize First Sergeant William C. Harlan, as the 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year."
For other news stories about Sgt. Will Harlan, visit: or the Web site archives for KTVU, CNN, or Fox News.

During that same time period in ... [cached]

During that same time period in early 1986 I met Bill Harlan (managing partner/owner of Meadowood Resort) and agreed to promote croquet at Meadowood in the Napa Valley after the 1986 Shield tour in Great Britain.

Bill Harlan actually came over to Sonoma-Cutrer and introduced himself to me in early February, 1986. He said that it would be foolish to build courts and not have someone to promote the game and make them work. And so he said if I would come and work at Meadowood he would go ahead and build the courts. Brice's offer was not competitive relative to Harlan's and the potential of the Meadowood venue.
Tom's recollection is not clear, as he was very pro the development of the sport in any positive way. When he left Los Angeles after his bad car accident he feared he would never have the joy of playing croquet again in the same way. He was energized by the comradery that surrounded the game. But he subsequently became disenchanted and felt awkward with the juggling of the promotional business interests attached with the game at that time.
You know, I don't know how I ever came to know Bill Harlan. And I distinctly remember Bill being up here and [my] courts were built at that time.
MO: Were you involved in the building of those?
TLM: Yeah, and Bill and I, he was up at the greenhouses and we talked about the croquet, and I of course was so enthusiastic about it, and he said, I'm going to do that. And he went back to his partner who had not been killed at that point, I can't think of his name, who was killed in the helicopter crash, didn't want croquet there, he wanted the spa there, and the whole idea of the croquet court was just absurd and Bill said to his partner it's going to be there, I want it, and so croquet up here was the catalyst....
And Harlan, once he made his mind up that was the end of it. He didn't waste any time.

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