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Napa Valley Monopoly™

by Sally Bernstein

Napa Valley, CA -- You can now claim ownership of some of Napa Valley's most prominent wineries and restaurants with a mere roll of the dice; ownership in the fantastic world of Monopoly™, that is. Napa Valley, one of America's most popular destinations, now has its own unique version of the classic game, and the neighborhood is dominated by the region's leading wineries, including Robert Mondavi, Beringer, and Beaulieu.

The board game is a fast-paced real estate trading game of high finance acquisition with the flavor and excitement of Napa Valley. The game features prominent Napa Valley wineries, restaurants, varietals and towns. Napa Valley entities on the standard Monopoly Gameboard give the player a feel for the best that Napa has to offer and a great experience for the wine enthusiast.

In addition to the distinctive Monopoly designs and the familiar four corner squares, the rules remain true to the classic Monopoly™ game. "Go To Jail," "Free Parking," and "Just Visiting -- In Jail," are all included in the Napa Valley Edition. What's different is that the new game features collectible, custom pewter tokens including a wine barrel, grape bunch, picnic basket, wine goblet, wine bottle, corkscrew, and hot air balloon.

The game was previewed at an exciting Napa Valley Edition of the Monopoly™ Game Benefit on February 20, 1998 at Robert Mondavi Winery.

Guests traded Napa Valley Edition Monopoly™ cards throughout the evening to win bottles of wine contributed by sponsoring wineries. Participating wineries are Beaulieu Vineyard, Beringer Winery, Caymus Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Far Niente Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Louis M. Martini, Robert Mondavi Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, St. Clement Vineyards, St. Sup»ry Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Sterling Vineyards, Swanson Vineyards, and William Hill Winery. Calistoga Mineral Water, Napa Valley's premium water, will also have a presence. Napa Valley cuisine will be presented by Mustards Grill, Tra Vigne, Greystone at Culinary Institute of America, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Ristorante Piatti.

The Napa Valley Edition of the Monopoly™ Game Benefit is an official Napa Valley Mustard Festival event, an annual two month season which celebrates the food, wine, art, and agriculture of Napa Valley. A non-profit community service organization, the festival will contribute proceeds to "Yes on Measure A," a much needed county-wide flood control plan developed by a broad coalition of local engineers, architects, river experts, business and agriculture leaders, environmentalists, and government officials. Flooding drastically impacts the citizens, families, schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations of Napa Valley.

The Collectors' Special Monopoly Napa Valley Edition (retired in 1997 - no re-issue) of the Monopoly™ Game is available for purchase through www.oakhillstore.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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