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Author Archives: George Blanckensee

Garden Entry, Part Two

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned the abundance of harvest from my garden.  Well, it continues…  Now, the tomatoes are  coming in fast and furious just as squash is finishing up the growing season.  And yes, I’ve found the most creative ways to get rid of squash – number one: charities. I definitely had […]

Food Truck Movement Coming to Calistoga!

Well, if for only a day at least… Yes, some of you may wonder, George is up early; he never blogs before 2pm…  I’m trying to give you the opportunity to get up to Calistoga and take advantage of our two month promotion as we’ve partnered with two fabulous truckies in San Francisco – starting […]

The Benefits of Moving

So I just moved from one place to another in St. Helena and I forgot just how fun it can be.  I must’ve been drunk when I wrote that sentence.  My new place is 6 blocks from my current residence, so I figured, ‘why pack everything up so neat and tidy to just go 6 […]

The Waiting Game

Oh, the doldrums of Winter…I mean Summer.  We’re experiencing another cool season this year, and our winemaking team is anxiously awaiting harvest.  It’s hard to realize, when one goes outside in Napa, just how beautiful and warm it is outside and that here at the winery we’re still behind in ripening.  Remember how late Summer […]

My Journey Past the Orange Curtain

 So I leave tomorrow down to Orange County, home of Disneyland, TV shows like The OC, Real Housewives of OC.  I’m there to do some wine dinners starting Wednesday with my friend Pascal at his restaurant in Seal Beach.   The restaurant, Thai on Main, a block from the pier, is amazing; and therefore, always busy.  How does someone […]

Hard Labor at the Chateau

About 3 times a year we open up the bottling line to pour our liquid treasures into glass bottles. During these times, our production crew graciously offers other staffers the opportunity to share in the experience. This year I, along with a few other brave (and gullible) souls, offered to help. It’s now two days […]

My Garden; Amazing Yields…and Zucchini for all!

In our second year of planting a vegetable garden here at the Chateau, we’re finding just how productive a squash plant can be.  Every year, the Barrett family is generous to offer some land to any staff who wants to grow a garden.  Last year, Gil, our Cellarmaster, and I set off to grow some […]

Can One Overindulge On Vacation?

The answer is yes.  I just got back from the beautiful state of Montana.  After driving 6 hours from Billings to BigFork, I understand why they call it “Big Sky.”  One can’t appreciate what that means till they look over the horizon of thousands of acres of wheat fields, rolling green hills, or glacier covered […]

My Friends with Wine

As I conclude the July 4th holiday and get ready to head out for a real R&R vacation in the beautiful state of Montana, I’ve realized that among my many friends, I’ve grouped them into two categories.  There are those that are wine collectors, or “snobs,” and those that aren’t.  Don’t get me wrong; when I […]

Support Your Local Farmer’s Markets

I’ve been a big advocate of local farmer’s markets for many years.  While I do ponder why the costs of fruit and veggies at these direct-to-consumer venues is as high, if not higher than, some of your finest grocery chains, I’ve also come to realize that it’s still money well spent.  Here’s why: *Quality.  Just […]

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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