The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Hosts Second Annual "First Blush" Tasting

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"Taste the Lighter Side of Summer" Wines on Mother's Day Weekend

NAPA, Calif. - The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa has invited select California wineries to participate in its second annual First Blush event, including a special celebration that will allow guests to "Taste the Lighter Side of Summer." The tasting event will highlight California's lighter wines including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rieslings and sparkling wines, plus a few beers from Napa Smith Brewery, as the Napa Valley enters its summer season this Mother's Day Weekend, May 10-11, 2014. The tasting of more than 40 lighter California wines and local craft brews will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a Mother's Day Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Taste the Lighter Side of Summer event will take place outside and in the shade on the Vineyard Terrace which overlooks the resort's Estate Cave, pool with private cabanas, nine acres of hillside vineyards, and Napa's iconic Grape Crusher Statue. As guests sample more than 40 lighter wines from throughout California and craft brews from Napa Smith Brewery, they will also taste a variety of culinary creations from the chefs of The Meritage Resort. Each guest will receive and get to keep a commemorative First Blush wine class.

Mothers will continue to be celebrated on Sunday with Siena's full Mother's Day Brunch. From an artisanal local farm fresh cheese selection to antipasti display, smoked salmon and seafood display, in addition to full entrees including everything from Crab Cake Benedict 'Oscar' to Butter Seared Fillet Mignon and Brioche Crème Brûlée French Toast, every mom will know they are special. Especially when paired with a California rosé or glass of pink bubbly.

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Tickets for the Taste the Lighter Side of Summer event are available for $30, a portion of each ticket sale will benefit Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa to support Breast Cancer awareness. Mother's Day Brunch is $54.95 per person, children 12 and under are $15. A discount is available for guests who purchase tickets to both events in advance online ($25 for First Blush and $49 per person for brunch).

Special room rates are available for event attendees the night of May 10 at The Meritage Resort and Spa. Room Reservations can be made by calling (707) 251-1900. For complete information and ticket sales please visit TheMeritageResort.com, click on "Specials" and "Upcoming Resort Events."

About The Meritage Resort and Spa
The Meritage Resort and Spa is an extraordinary four-diamond Napa Valley luxury resort set against a hillside vineyard. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra--a lavish underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in the wine country, including the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley, the Estate Cave and three covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six bowling lanes. Far more than a place for relaxation, our unique property is an Old World escape from the ordinary. The Meritage Resort and Spa experience is the perfect blend of gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. The Meritage Resort and Spa, We are Napa. TheMeritageResort.com.

About Meritage Collection
The Meritage Collection is a new life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries and golf courses. The Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California's most spectacular locations--La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. These design-focused properties are stylish yet welcoming, with creative restaurants, relaxed lounges and inviting social spaces. Experience hospitality in a whole new light. For more information about the Meritage Collection, please visit MeritageCollection.com.

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