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Author Archives: George Blanckensee

Summer’s Here!

Well, it felt like Summer was in high form this past weekend as we hit triple digits in the Napa Valley.  According to the seasonal calendar, summer doesn’t actually start until tomorrow but that’s California for you!  It’s not a very predictable state. I remember many years ago watching weather reporters on the local news […]

A Great Week In The Bay Area

Is Napa still considered Bay Area? I’ll say yes.  Some define the Bay Area as the outreach of BART (for those unfamiliar with the acronym, that’s our train system here).   Napa County still touches part of the Bay waters – the San Pablo Bay waterway that borders the Carneros District – and provides a nice […]

My Friend Brett

Brett (aka brettanomyces) has been a great friend of mine for a long, long time.  But some people misunderstand and steer clear of it, thinking Brett can only be a dominating, ruinous stinker that smells like wet barnyard.  Some get scared, even paranoid, and want no trace of Brett in their lives.  Not I, because […]

Montelena in the City

I’m sure by now most of you know we have a tasting room in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis.  But, did you know we have a great presence throughout the city in other venues where you can enjoy CM wines?  Here’s a list of few standouts you need to visit: 5A5 Steakhouse on […]

Post Event Hangover

Well, it’s not what you think – not from the alcohol, but from the end of another Movable Feast.   After a year of planning, it came down to a four-hour party. By my calculations, that’s about 520 hours of planning for every one hour of partying….wow!  Ok, ok, I didn’t spend the ENTIRE year planning, […]

The Feast 2012

We have just a few days left before the biggest event of the year – our Annual Movable Feast.  This year’s theme: The Rat Pack and a throwback to Vegas.  The front of the Chateau will come alive with costumes, music and decor – in all the glorious, if not a bit tacky, splendor of […]

I’m Back!

Ok, after a couple months off (and no, I wasn’t “off”), I’m now back on the blog.    Over the last few months, we overhauled some of our computer systems, and now that the work is complete,  I’m able to blog again. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure I’d continue because I was not sure […]

New Years Resolutions; Better Late than Never

Well, I’m off to a dubious start already on my New Year’s resolutions. 1st Resolution: Be on time with my commitments.  Ok, so my first blog of 2012 is a week and a day late.  Not good. 2nd Resolution: Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.   I’ve been once since Jan 1 […]

Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Well, for my last blog of 2011, I’m gonna rant a little (ok, I guess a lot). I’m not gonna chat about wine – sorry, if you’re looking for words of wisdom for what to drink on New Years, you should have that figured out already. What I’ve reflected on lately is the curse of […]

Time to Impulse Buy

For those of you on my Christmas shopping list, a word to the wise: resist my constant requests to give me your Christmas wish list.  If you give me your list, you’ll get something predictable.  But if you don’t, you’ll stress me out and I’ll keep thinking about an ideal gift, wait until the last […]

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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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