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Author Archives: George Blanckensee

Swan(less)Lake and Other Tidbits on Nature

I’ve written a few times about mother nature’s awesome power and influence, and she strikes again!   We tragically lost our latest pair of swans in Jade Lake to a hungry predator. Our first reaction after sadness was anger towards the beast. I realized, however, how nature really is at full display here at the Chateau.  […]

Where has the time gone

I know, we ask ourselves that every year.  The older, or “more mature” we get, the faster it seems to go.  I could swear we just started October.  As a child, getting to Christmas (and school break) seemed an eternity. The only time that went fast were the two week break before going back to […]

And…it begins

It happens every year…this time, the 41st time matter of fact. Yet, every time, we’re like kids waking up on Christmas morning.  Yes, harvest is upon us.  Chardonnay coming in fast and furious.  Time for us to break open new equipment, dust the old ones.  We all gather around as if it’s something new to […]

Summer Veggies

It’s that time of the year where Gil and I do our veggie garden. Realistically, it’s Gil doing the veggie garden and me swooping in and sharing credit.  Anyways, truths aside, it’s been a strange year for sure.  Last year was a bountiful harvest of heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, beans, cucumbers, peppers….  This year, squash producing […]

Just How Long Has it Been?

Well, to give you perspective, we’ve harvested a whole season’s worth of grapes, the Giants won the World Series…and then the new season already started, the 49ers went to the Superbowl, we celebrated Christmas, New Years, partied for our second annual House Party; finished Movable Feast, and are half way through the year 2013. Yes, […]

A Week of Ups

No downs; just ups over here at the winery.  Harvest is around the corner, and for the first time in 3 years, we might actually have what most would call a “normal” one!  We enjoyed a nice summer with no major spikes one way or the other.  We have a cellar crew that isn’t stressed, […]

Advice On Your Trip to Napa

Ok, now seems to be the time that EVERYBODY wants to come visit.  And it’s not just fans or interested consumers or even tourists, but friends and family too.  Inevitably, they all want to come on Saturday afternoon.  Well, at the risk of repeating myself from last year’s blog…it’s worth repeating. Pick any other day! […]

I Really Am Back

But have been remiss in posting…I’d give you all the usual excuses, but you’ve heard them all….busy, busy, busy…. And I know I promised some Italy pics, but I still haven’t organized them.  It’s coming, promise…. As for the Summer season at the Chateau, we’ve been experiencing good weather so far.  My tomatoes plants are […]

I’m Back!

After two weeks in Italy.  It was a wonderful trip, but I’m happy to be home. The one thing about traveling overseas, as great a vacation as it may be, it certainly makes you appreciate home (easier said when you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world!).  Anyways, as I continue […]

Upcoming Sabbatical

As I gear up for a trip to Italy (I depart on Friday), I’m getting excited to venture into some of the best food and wine in the world!  It’s been a while since I’ve been there and I’ve indulged in all things Napa Valley/Chateau Montelena for the last few years. We all should realize […]

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About Our Authors

Kristina King

Born in Colorado and led a nomadic life until the ripe old age of four. Kristina loves to travel, eat, drink wine, and enjoy the outdoors. One of her mottos is: Life is an adventure - enjoy!

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.

Cameron Parry

Winemaker since 2008, Cameron has been an integral member of the winemaking team at Chateau Montelena since 2004. He and his wife live in Calistoga with their two beautiful daughters.

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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