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Featured Recipe: Pairing our 2014 Calistoga Zinfandel

May 2, 2017

From the mind of Krysta Moseley | Makes 6-8 servings Paired with our 2014 Calistoga Zinfandel Download a printer-friendly version INGREDIENTS 6 - Bone-in duck thighs 1 pint -Blueberries 1 cup - Prepared Blueberry bbq sauce:   1 - tbsp Chili Powder   1/2 tbsp - Onion Powder   1/2 tbsp - Garlic Powder   1 tsp - Salt   1/2 tsp - Pepper   1 cup - Ketchup   1/4 cup ...

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Video Series: Ask Me Anything About Bottling

May 2, 2017

You had questions, and Winemaker Matt Crafton has the answers! After gathering your questions across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Matt chose his favorites to answer in this three-part series, dedicated to your curiosities around bottling our wines.     ...

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Hitting The Road: Bringing the CellarMaster Experience to You

May 2, 2017

CellarMasters, we are packing our bags (and wine) and coming to a city near you. This year, we are delighted to announce that our team will be bringing a little of the Montelena experience to the backyards of our dearest club members. This is the ideal chance for our CellarMasters to take advantage of their club benefits without having to ...

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Winter at the Winery

February 23, 2017

A quick tour around the Montelena Estate, to see what's been happening during this wet winter season.   ...

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Featured Recipe: Pairing our 2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

February 23, 2017

Roasted Red Pepper Marinated Flat Iron From the mind of chef Krysta Moseley Paired with our 2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon This month in our newsletter we decided to show off an estate cabernet with a little more age and delicacy. Sometimes older wines can be a little harder to pair food with because you don’t want to overpower ...

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Dave’s Wild Turkey Recipe

November 15, 2016

  Vineyard Manager by day, Dave Vella is a masterful chef of game birds and has shared with us his favorite way to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey.  When cooking any wild game, always take into consideration that the meat has much less fat than domestic raised animals. Care must be taken to not overcook to dryness. The first step ...

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Video: Chateau Cidre

October 20, 2016

Like the old saying goes: When the Montelena Estate gives you a 1/4 ton of apples, you make cider. #notforsale   ...

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Defining a Category: California First Growth

October 3, 2016

In 1855, following the Exposition Universelle de Paris, the French began the process of classifying their best vineyards in Bordeaux, creating a way to distinguish and thereby “brand” their terroir.  Terroir is a major factor that encompasses the very real yet intangible elements that contribute to premium wine. These include soil (usually well-drained), sun aspect, the number of ...

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Featured Recipe: Pairing our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

October 1, 2016

Triple Braised Short Ribs From the mind of chef Krysta Moseley Paired with our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Download a printer-friendly version of this recipe Ingredients: 5 lbs -Short ribs 2 ea - 64 fl oz bottles of Cranberry juice 1 ea - Orange 4 ea - Thyme sprigs 4 ea - Oregano sprigs 4 ea - Basil leaves 1 ea - Onion 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut ...

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Video: Harvest Update from the Passenger Seat

September 30, 2016

Ride shotgun with Winemaker Matt Crafton, as part of his daily ritual to check on the status of our Estate Vineyard.   ...

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