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Author Archives: George Blanckensee

Vineyard Tours Starting Soon

Most of you know wines from what you buy at the store, read in reviews, hear from friends and enjoy at dinner parties.  For those who venture to the regions where it’s actually made, their learning curve goes up exponentially.  They get the stories first hand (sometimes, subjective); but even then, that’s a good thing. […]

Here Comes The Sun

In the famous words of one of the greatest bands of our time, thank God it’s here!  I won’t talk much about the weather, as that’s been beaten down in blogs and articles everywhere; so if you’re wondering what it means to vintage 2011, ask us in the Fall. It’s still too early. What I […]

May 24: Judgement Day

No, not referring to “The Rapture,” nor am I referring to The Governator’s Hollywood glory days; I’m talking about the famous day in Paris, 35 years ago today, when a few “kids from the sticks” beat the French at their own game.  A tasting set up by Steven Spurrier, in Paris at the Intercontinental Hotel, […]

The Gloomy Days of May

Ok, so who said Summer is around the corner clearly is not living in Northern California!  Wet, cold, and snow in Tahoe still?  Just when you thought it was time to hang up the snowboards and break out the Cargo shorts, hold on there. So the question is, will this affect 2011 harvest?  I asked […]

Luxury in Calistoga: It Does Exist

If you’ve had the pleasure to visit the quaint little town of Calistoga, then you’ve enjoyed a throw back community to the new modern towns of US of A.   The town is rich with little shops, bed and breakfasts, casual dining; and most famous for the geothermal geography, which leads way to the mud and mineral baths.  […]

Time To Party at the Ol’ Chateau

Once a year, we close the winery to throw the party of all parties for our dedicated CellarMaster members. Always the third Saturday of May, so it will be on the 21st of this year, is our annual Movable Feast.  As those lucky to attend last year will remember, the Modern/Cajun version of the Partridge […]

Vintage Watching

A lot of us religiously read and watch what critics are saying about vintage quality.    We already know that 2007 is a vintage of the decade, but if you look back 30 years, and if you have an opportunity to try wines of vintages that were not as highly touted, you should come to the […]

2010 Riesling; Killer

Have you ever tried our Riesling?  If so, hopefully you can back up my blog. If not, you’re missing something special. When we do have it in stock (only about 1600 cases made; sold out in December), we have it in our tasting room lineup for tasting.  A lot of people see our flight, and […]

Best Sushi In SF? YES

Ever heard of the Dog Patch District in San Francisco?  It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood just minutes south of the Giants ballpark.  This used to be the neighborhood of shipping commerce, canners, butchers….  and the story goes, homeless dogs roamed these parts in search of scraps.  Well, that’s what I’m told.  Today, it’s a part of SF’s […]

New Digs in SF

If you can’t make it all the way to Calistoga to see us, come check us out in the historic lobby of the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in the City!  We’re there representing the Chateau on behalf of the hotel Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1pm-8pm.  Say “hi” to Jenn or Ryan, our Chateau Associates, […]

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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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