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The 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay

It’s official…the 2009 Chardonnay is released and ready to enjoy! Have you had a chance to try it yet?  If so, what do you think?  

Looking Forward to Summer

Well, after a week of February weather capped off with a couple of inches of rain over the weekend, the sun is finally coming out!  Maybe, just maybe, summer is on its way?  We can only hope….

Louisiana Saturday Night…

  Well, you get down the fiddle and you get down the bow, Kick off your shoes and you throw ‘em on the floor. Dance in the kitchen ’til the morning light: Louisiana Saturday night……. Montelena’s Estate Zinfandel truly is a versatile wine! Thanks to my sister Hannah for sending me this picture!

Baby grapes in the oven….

….or, more accurately, on the vine.  These pictures of Montelena’s ‘A’ block of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1973, were taken this afternoon, Sunday, May 22.  Note the baby grape bunches on the vine.  In a couple of more weeks, these bunches will flower.  Compare these pictures to the pictures of the same block during bud break […]

Have you gotten your ticket yet?

    Well…have you?  Who wouldn’t want to come up to wine country for one of the hottest parties of the year?  To everyone down in San Francisco and all the Bay Area, get up here….just for the fun of it.  Check out the event website at to get your tickets and more information.  Why not?

What’s your favorite vintage?

Recently I’ve had quite a few people ask me what is my favorite vintage of Montelena Estate Cabernet. One of the great things about working at Montelena is that, as an employee, I’ve gotten a chance to taste almost ever vintage of Estate Cabernet since we started making it in 1978. I’ve definitely tasted all […]

CellarMasters, don’t forget…

Remember that all CellarMaster wine club members are invited to take part in special CellarMaster club tasting during your visit to the winery.  This exclusive club benefit is offered by appointment and includes both current and library wines accompanied by a cheese plate.  For more information on these tastings, please visit our Tasting Room page […]

Bud break is here…

Bud Break has begun!

Here comes the sun…finally…

…for the next few days at least. It’s been a wet few weeks here in Calistoga, but the trend changes tomorrow.  What’s the weather like in your area?  Comment and let us know.

2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is finally here!  We released the wine on March 1st and sent it to many club members this past week.  And although the 2007 Estate Cabernet will only get better with time, I know at least a few of you out there couldn’t wait to crack a bottle open.  If […]

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About Our Authors

George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors

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