News Archives


Sonoma Chardonnay

SONOMA, CA.—Tom Meadowcroft, winegrower and founder of Meadowcroft Wines announces longtime co-worker and winemaker Petar Kirilov winemaker Petar Kirilov to the position of Winemaker for the Meadowcroft, Thomas Henry and Foyt Family labels.  Kirilov joined Meadowcroft Wines in 2008 as a winemaker to oversee the production of small lot wines.  During the past four years, the winery has increased its annual production from 3,500 cases to 25,000 cases.

"Petar Kirilov has a rare talent in the winemaking industry: to be able to assemble a series of different wines, while maintaining our excellent wine stylistic direction from vintage to vintage," said Tom Meadowcroft.  "Doing this with more than ten different wines is a very complex task and requires a high level of alchemy."

In addition to his work with Meadowcroft, Kirilov is also the founder of, ( the successful and unique wine industry website created to assist winemakers, winegrowers, marketers and other wine industry professionals with winemaking calculators, an industry directory, marketplace and wine news.  The site is utilized by wine industry professionals around the world.

Kirilov grew up in Bulgaria, graduating from the prestigious University of Food Technologies in 2002 with a Master's degree in Beverage Technology, with a specialization in wine, beer, spirits and soft drink technology.  He began his professional career at a Bulgarian factory specializing in high alcohol beverages.  In 2003 he decided to leave for California and learn more about the winemaking process.  He interned at Truchard Vineyards in Napa, being promoted to assistant winemaker.  In 2005 he joined Vinovation, a hi-tech wine company, as winemaker and was involved in numerous research and development projects.

The Meadowcroft winery is located in Sebastopol, California.  The tasting room, which opened in October, 2010, is located at the CornerStone Gardens complex at 23574 Arnold Drive/Hwy 121 in Sonoma, California.  The tasting room serves the Meadowcroft, Thomas Henry and Foyt Family wines.


SONOMA, CA.—Meadowcroft Wines and Park 121 Café, both located at Cornerstone Sonoma, are teaming up for a special wine dinner on Thursday, April 25 at


Foyt Family Wines is introducing its first Collectors Series wine with No. 77, a   2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the esteemed Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Appellation.  This special wine is named after the year A.J. Foyt became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.

Featuring 100% Cabernet grapes, the No. 77 Mt. Veeder Reserve is limited to only 50 cases (600 bottles).  Each bottle is hand numbered and packaged in a heat embossed Foyt Family Wines wooden box.  The wine, which retails for $75, will be sold exclusively via the Foyt Family Wines website ( and also at the Meadowcroft Wines (  tasting room at 23574 Arnold Drive in Sonoma, California.  Web orders are being taken immediately.

"Upon tasting the 2007 Mt. Veeder Cabernet, we knew right away that the name given to this vintage had to be one of a significant accomplishment in our family's history," said Larry Foyt, who owns Foyt Family Wines along with A.J. Foyt IV. "1977 was an epic year for my father as he became the first four-time winner of the Indy 500.  This wine offering marks the first vintage where we used the actual photo on the bottle to pay tribute to my dad.  We put our hearts into everything we do and this wine reflects that."

Created for the Foyt family by winemaker Tom Meadowcroft, the wine was harvested at the end of September of 2007 and fermented for two weeks before it was aged in Alain Fouquet French Oak barrels for three years, which allowed for the massive fruit and tannin structure to mature into a complex and complete wine.

"The wine is dominated by blackberry cassis, blueberry and a hint of liquorice aromatics," says Tom Meadowcroft.  "The surrounding woodlands also influence the aromatics and pallet – the vineyard is surrounded by hundreds of acres of Redwoods, Manzanita, Madrone as well as White and Black Oak trees.  This influence on the wine contributes to the dark berry and forest aromatics and gives the wine a unique sense of this mountain terroir."

In 1977 A.J. Foyt became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, having won in 1961, 1964 and in 1967.  In winning his fourth Indy 500, Foyt drove a car – The Coyote – that was designed and built by Foyt's team and powered by a Foyt-built engine.  He remains the only driver-owner to win the Indy 500 in a car designed and built in his own race shop, thus securing his place as a true legend of motorsports.  And Foyt is the only driver who has won the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours at Le Mans.

The image used on the No. 77 bottle was provided by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Director of Photography Ron McQueeney.  McQueeney has captured many Indy 500 memories on film throughout the years and the photograph used on the No. 77 wine bottle was McQueeney's first-ever Indy 500 victory lane photo.

Foyt Family Wines was created by Larry Foyt and A. J. Foyt IV, the son and grandson, respectively, of the racing legend.  Both men joined the family business of racing.  Larry has run in NASCAR races as well as Indy races and A.J. IV ran his first Indy 500 at the age of 19.  Joining forces with winemaker Tom Meadowcroft in 2009 to further pursue their passion for fine wines, Foyt Family Wines debuted with its release of No. 14 which was a 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.


Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft of Meadowcroft Family of Wines ( and David Sandri of WineTopics and American Winesecrets ( will co-host a guest lecture at the Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena campus.  Titled "The Zinners of California," they will present a fun, lively and educational presentation where they will leave attendees with the ability to compare and contrast the Zinfandels from five different Appellations of California including Napa, Sonoma, Amador, Lodi and Paso Robles.

The class price is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and is open to culinary students, the public as well as visitors to Wine Country.  The class takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30p.m. at the Rudd Center for Professional Studies/CIA Greystone on Friday evening, June 18.

The attendees will learn the Zinfandel grape comes from, how it got to California, does Appellation make a difference, food pairings and most importantly, being able to identify the different styles of Zinfandel  by their flavors and aromas.

"We want to host a fun discussion and maybe even clear up a few mysteries about the Zinfandel grape," said Tom Meadowcroft.  "We will critique and evaluate the wines from five Appellations and discuss all the differences and nuances."

Two of the five Zinfandels will come from the Meadowcroft Family of Wines including the Sumptuary Zinfandel Amador County and the Meadowcroft Zinfandel Sonoma County.  Other Zins will include a Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley and a Klinker Brick Old Vines Zinfandel Lodi.  The Zinfandel from Paso Robles has not yet been selected.

Tom Meadowcroft moved to Northern California in 1996, having worked in the wine business in France and Washington State.  He started taking classes at UC Davis and Napa College and after graduation went to work for Buckland Vineyard Management managing vineyards for wineries such as Cakebread, Duckhorn, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Stags Leap and others.  He owns a vineyard on Mt. Veeder in Napa from which he makes his Meadowcroft Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  He has been making his own wines since 2003.

David Sandri wears many hats.  He is the compliance manager with American Winesecrets and also works with clients privately through his own consulting firm, WineTopics.  Additionally, Sandri serves as a wine judge, is an internationally published wine writer and lecturer.  His education includes Sonoma State University, Fresno State and UC Davis, and has worked with wineries and vineyard operations throughout Northern and Central California.

The Culinary Institute of America is producing this series of evening wine classes, organized by wine educator Paul Wagner of Balzac Communications, at the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at Culinary Institute of America, Greystone.  The goal of the series is to make this a key wine education component that culinary students, Northern California residents and wine-knowledgeable visitors can enjoy throughout the year.  Each class will feature a 90-minute course that would include 4 to 6 wines and a presentation that puts those wines into context with the larger world of wine.  For additional information about the course, call 707/967-2568.  Attendees may register online at


Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft, owner of Meadowcroft Wines, has taken over the Roots In Sonoma tasting room at Cornerstone to fully showcase and brand his three wine labels: Meadowcroft, Magito and Thomas Henry.   Meadowcroft Wines, which has been housed at Roots In Sonoma since last February, has completed the change over effective on October.

"I am very excited to move forward with my own tasting room with a new direction for the room in the ever burgeoning Cornerstone Sonoma complex," said Tom Meadowcroft.  "I am pleased with the growth of my wine labels and the acceptance my wines have received nationally, not only from consumers but from retailers, restaurateurs and reviewers as well."

The tasting room is managed by Phyllis Hyland and assisted by resident  wine educator Darby Tarantino.  The Meadowcroft Wines tasting room will emphasize California casual in a warm setting and feature wines created from some of the finest vineyards in Northern California as well as Meadowcroft's own vineyard on Mt. Veeder in Napa.  At present there are 13 wines on the menu including the just release Meadowcroft Sangiovese.  Additionally, Meadowcroft serves as winemaker for Foyt Family Wines which will also be poured at the tasting room.  The Foyt wines include a Chardonnay and a Meritage.  A Foyt Cabernet Sauvignon will be released before year's end.

Tom Meadowcroft moved to the California wine country from his native Washington state in 1996 where he made wine with Ric Forman who owned Forman Vineyards and was the founding winemaker at Sterling Vineyards and Newton Winery.  While working with Forman, Meadowcroft enrolled in the UC Davis Viticulture classes but realized he needed more knowledge and enrolled in the Napa College Viticulture and Winery program from which he graduated.

Shortly thereafter, he joined Buckland Vineyard Management, starting in the trenches running the crews and then on to designing, planting and managing fields for wineries such as Cakebread, Duckhorn, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Stags Leap and others.  Meadowcroft would walk the fields with the various winemakers, seeing the whole diorama and learning and absorbing their individual philosophies of growing grapes and making wine.  It proved to be an invaluable experience.

In 1999 he bought a vineyard on Mt. Veeder in Napa County in anticipation of establishing his own winery.  It took four years to bring the vineyard up to Meadowcroft's exacting standards and during that time he remained with the Buckland organization.  In 2003, after serving seven years at Buckland, it was time for Meadowcroft to step out on his own and put his knowledge and experience to use for himself.

After experimenting in winemaking and blending over the years, he produced his first vintage, the 2004 Meadowcroft Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, receiving excellent reviews in the national and international wine press.  His 2005 Meadowcroft Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet received a 94 rating as well as Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast magazine.  During the ensuing years, Meadowcroft added the Magito and Thomas Henry brands to his portfolio.  His wines are distributed in 20 states and throughout Canada.  Amassing numerous awards for his wines over the years, Meadowcroft strives to create wines that will appeal to buyers of all price ranges.

The Meadowcroft Wines tasting room is located at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23574 Arnold Drive/Hwy 121 in the Carneros region of Sonoma.  The room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The room is also available for private parties, private tastings, wine dinners and other events.  With plenty of free parking at Cornerstone Sonoma, the area is a perfect setting for any type of event, both indoors or outdoors.


The monthly Food & Wine pairing for October will feature a veritable cornucopia of flavors and aromas as Chef-in-residence Darby Tarantino pairs her menu selections with four very distinct Meadowcroft wines ( on Saturday, October 9.  Three seatings will take place at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. with a $15 per person charge.  The Meadowcroft Wines tasting room is located at 23574 Arnold Drive/Hwy 121 in the Cornerstone Sonoma ( complex.  Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the tasting room at 707/934-4090.

The special October menu  includes Spiced Carrot Bisque paired with the 2009 Thomas Henry Verdelho; French Camembert with Organic Gravenstein Apples paired with the 2009 Meadowcroft Chardonnay; Roasted Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta paired with the just released 2008 Meadowcroft Sangiovese; and Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles paired with the 2006 Magito Cabernet Sauvignon Blend.

Chef Darby Tarantino is a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School ( in County Cork, Ireland.  The school is the only one in the world set in the middle of its own 100 acre organic farm.

Meadowcroft Wines includes the Meadowcroft, Magito and Thomas Henry labels.  Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft also makes the wines for the Foyt Family Wines.  There are presently 13 wines being poured at the tasting room including the just released Meadowcroft Sangiovese.  The tasting room is part of the Cornerstone Sonoma complex that features 22 world class gardens, a gourmet café, art galleries and cutting edge design shops all set among acres of vineyards.

Meadowcroft Wines is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The venue is available for private parties, private tastings, wine dinners and other events.  With plenty of free parking at Cornerstone Sonoma, the area is a perfect setting for any type of event, both indoors or outdoors. For information or to make reservations, please call 707-934-4090.

Meadowcroft Family of Wines now distributed in 20 States, D.C. and eight Canadian Provinces

Sonoma Valley, California-based Meadowcroft Family of Wines (, formerly known as Magito Wines, is now distributed in 20 states plus the District of Columbia and eight Canadian provinces, with sales to begin in China before the close of 2009.  Founded by winegrower Tom Meadowcroft in 2003, the company's consistent growth over the last six years has led to the expansion of four labels of award-winning wines: Meadowcroft, Magito, Thomas Henry and Sumptuary Wines.

Meadowcroft Wines are now available in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington State and Wisconsin.  In Canada, the wines are available in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.  Meadowcroft Wines are also available via the wine clubs of Williams-Sonoma, Omaha Steaks and Napa-Style.

"We will continue to seek new markets to expand our reach," says Tom Meadowcroft.  "China is a new market for us as well.  We will be exporting Pinot Noir there by the end of the year."  He adds, "While we will never be a mass market wine company, we continue to create our niche of providing exceptional wines with a European taste profile yet with all the flavor of New World wines at affordable prices."

Since his first vintage in 2003, the Magito Panorama Zinfandel, Meadowcroft now produces about 15,000 cases per year.  His 2005 Meadowcroft Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, released last year, received excellent reviews in the national and international wine press.  That wine also received a 94 rating and a Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast magazine and was also awarded one of the Top 100 Wines of the Year by the magazine.

The Meadowcroft distributors around the country are also enthusiastic about the portfolio.  "Meadowcroft Wines present an unparalleled equation of price, quality and presentation which is really appealing to the contemporary consumer," says Gregg Mutschler, president of Second Story Selections in Mt. Vernon New York.

Nathalie Mulder of Free House Wine & Spirits in Manitoba, Canada agrees.  "What we are hearing from our retailers is that the Meadowcroft wines are a great value simply because you can't find this quality of Napa and Sonoma wines at this price point."  Adds Karen Dowd, president of St. Pete Beach-based Karadeci Group, "the Meadowcroft portfolio is becoming one of the most popular and fastest selling wines throughout Florida."

Tom Meadowcroft, a native of Washington State, moved to Napa California in 1996 to work and learn from the Iconic wine grower Ric Forman who owns Forman Vineyards and was the founding wine maker at Sterling Vineyards and Newton Winery.  While working with Forman, Meadowcroft enrolled in the UC Davis Viticulture classes but realized that he needed more knowledge and enrolled in the Napa College Viticulture and Winery program.  A two-year study course, Meadowcroft completed it in one year.

Shortly thereafter, he joined Buckland Vineyard Management, starting literally in the trenches running the crews and then on to designing, planting and managing vineyards for wineries such as Cakebread, Duckhorn, Mondavi, Opus One, Stags Leap and others.