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And the winners are…

Congratulations to our CellarMasterRecipe Challenge Winners! We had many wonderful submissions for our second annual members’ Recipe Challenge. Our staff culinary team reviewed all submissions. We then selected 10 semi-finalist’s recipes for testing in our Chateau kitchen. Each of four categories- Appetizers, Salads or Sides, Main Courses, and Sweet Endings- were independently judged by our […]

Simply Divine Lemon-Thyme Bruschetta

Perfect Pairing with Chateau Montelena’s 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay! What could be simpler than these fresh bruschetta? The creamy texture, delicate thyme, perfume of citrus and sweet honey are a match made in heaven for our Chateau Montelena 2010 Chardonnay! Ingredients 1 traditional French baguette; thinly sliced 8 ounces whole milk fresh ricotta cheese Zest […]

Lemon Chicken Curry

So Delicious with Chateau Montelena Riesling! Our Potter Valley Riesling compliments the spicy and delicate flavors of this warming curry. Try substituting butternut squash for the carrots to make this a truly fall dinner. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, oven roasted on the bone and shredded 1/4 cup flour 3 T. butter 4 Tbsp lemon curry […]

Cocoa Nib Caponata

A Perfect Pairing with Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! This caponata is an interesting appetizer or side dish when you plan to uncork our smooth, intense Napa Valley Cabernet. The pine nuts, tomatoes and balsamic come into harmony with the dense, nutty and slightly bitter cocoa nibs to perfectly compliment the cabernet/merlot marriage, always a […]

Stuffed Roulade of Pork Loin with Cabernet Reduction

It’s fall…and time to cook for Cabernet! Nothing says fall better than warm and earthy roast pork loin. This delicious dish is actually easy to prepare, especially if you have the butcher butterfly the pork loin for you. (The instructions are included here as well.) Enjoy this delicious fall dish with Chateau Montelena Napa Valley […]

Fresh & Easy Ceviche

Our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has a great acidity that stands up to bright citrusy notes in any dish. Fresh lime, aromatic cilantro, and firmly textured fish compliment the bright palate and crisp finish of this delicious wine! Serve both well-chilled for a perfect beginning to a dinner repast, or let them shine together as […]

Recipe Challenge Grand Prize Winner: Vanilla Lobster Tails With Caviar And Micro-Greens Salad

Try this Grand Prize Winning Recipe, submitted by CellarMaster member Jack Douglas, that pairs beautifully with our Napa Valley Chardonnay. “Simply, a most delicious and elegant first course that sets the stage for a wonderful evening…easy!” You will need: A special oblong individual dish for each serving is dramatic and beautifully sets the salad A […]

Recipe Challenge Winner: Dark Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Try this “Dessert” category winner, submitted by CellarMaster Patrick Blondin, with our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. “A fabulous and simple, yummy dessert…use your favorite pie filling!” Serves: 8 Prep Time: 40-45 minutes  You will need: A glass or ceramic deep dish pie plate, or square baking pan, buttered on bottom and sides. Flowers, or other decorative element, to […]

Recipe Challenge Winner: Amy’s Crab Cakes With Lime Aioli And Fennel Grapefruit Salad

Try this “Appetizer” category winner, submitted by CellarMaster Amy Weinberg, with our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. “Absolutely delicious cool summer appetizer…the salad is a refreshing compliment to the rich fresh crab!” You will need: Plastic wrap a muffin pan a large flat bottomed skillet Prep Time: 60 minutes, including 30 minutes  for crab cakes to […]

Recipe Challenge Winner: Rib Eye Rolls

This “Main Dish” category winner, submitted by CellarMaster Robert Hopkins, pairs perfectly with our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. “A delicious late summer evening entrée for the grill!” You will need: Butcher’s twine A flat-bottomed grill pan for the outdoor grill (or line the grill grates with foil to catch melting cheese) Plastic wrap, for pounding 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