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Author Archives: George Blanckensee

Tis the Season; Really?

Is it me, or has this holiday season crept up with a vengeance?  I usually have more time to mentally prepare for it, but before I knew it, Thanksgiving was here.  Now, it’s nearly Christmas.  I’m trying to wrap myself around it; all indications and not so subtle hints have been here. It’s cold…very cold.  […]

Procrastinating Doesn’t Pay

For those who waited till the day before an exam and then crammed – it didn’t work, did it?  If you waited till the last day of a clothing sale, you’ve probably often found the inventory to be limited to sizes of except Small and XXL.  Well, it works that way here too!  With a […]

Back from Vacation

I just spent a week on vacation after finishing another high season here at the Chateau and it was just what the doctor ordered; Thanksgiving in Boise, Idaho with some of my closest friends.  I often get a funny reaction when I tell people I’m going to Boise for vacation.  The consistent reaction I get […]

Thanksgiving is Here?

It just doesn’t feel right that Thanksgiving is next week.  We’re just not in the holiday mode yet (despite the fact that the weather, tv commercials and retail stores are already getting Christmas into our heads).  I remember back in the days when it used to be after Thanksgiving that we saw the holiday transformation […]

A Whole Lotta Nothin’

So that’s my topic for this blog post – no theme, just random thoughts and maybe a little tribute to the late Andy Rooney…”ever wonder why…”. I’ve been awol for a couple weeks.  In my line of work, I take days off when I can; it just so happened that the last 2 weeks that day […]

Stop the Presses…Please!

Ok, I know I commented on this in a blog a while ago, but I’ll re state it since it is important to know.  The press will unmercifully declare the 2011 vintage in California a disaster.  Yes, the weather has been less than optimal for growing wine grapes, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.  We’ve had […]

SF Party Oct 13: Did You Get the Golden Ticket?

So this Thursday, Oct 13th, at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco, we’ll be celebrating the unveiling of our new tasting room in the city which is situated in the lobby of this historic hotel.  This hotel has a special place in my heart for a few reasons: 1:I used to work […]

Napa Cab is Finally Here…

Today is the day; 2008 Napa Cabernet can now be yours.  If you thought the ’07 was good, wait till you try this wine!  The only problem: so little was made of it.  Such a bummer. Come see us and get a few bottles before it’s gone…  

Giants Are Done; Life Can Go On

As the avid sports fan, I’m in a quandry at this time of the year.  Yes, I’m a Bay Area sports fan: 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s, Warriors  (it is possible to like both sides of the Bay).  This time of the year, I would never have to worry about the Giants going too deep – […]

The Grapes are Near!

Finally!  We’re at 22 brix; now we need just a bit more!  The heat is on and things are looking good.  The challenge for our production team, however, is that it looks like everything will be coming in at the same time.  Normally we get our white grapes first, then the reds and lastly the […]

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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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