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Author Archives: Kali Clark

Estate Zinfandel Brownie with Zinfandel Chocolate Ganache

Zinfandel Brownie 2 eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup butter, melted ½ cup Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel ¾ cup good quality cocoa powder (such as Ghirardelli) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup chocolate chips (bittersweet is best) ½ cup Zinfandel Ganache (recipe follows) Preheat oven to […]

From Our Kitchen: Lamb Burgers with Nick’s Spicy Tzatziki Sauce

A perfect paring for our spring red releases: Lamb Burgers with Nick’s Spicy Tzatziki Sauce. Best with a glass of our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or 2011 Montelena Estate Zinfandel! Lamb Burger  serves about 4 Ingredients 1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped 1 1/2 lbs. ground lamb 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon sweet paprika […]

On the road with Montelena…Pork & Cabs

BY JUDY BARRETT Most of us don’t automatically put “pork” and “cabernet” together when we think of food and wine pairings, but in the hands of a talented and creative chef, the combination can be magic. At a recent Montelena dinner at Table 6 in Denver, Chef Carrie Shores partnered our ’06 and ’09 Estate […]

The view from the vineyard….

BY JUDY BARRETT Jim’s older brother, Fr. Vincent Barrett, officiated at our annual harvest season Blessing of the Grapes many times in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  After Fr. Vincent passed away in 1985, we chose to honor his memory by constructing a small shrine on a quiet spot on Horse Hill overlooking the Montelena […]

‘Tis the Season…

…For Dungeness crabs! Tomorrow morning, for the second year running, George will make the trek south to Half Moon Bay to pick up a rather large order of live (delicious) Dungeness crabs from our friends aboard The Cricket. A few weeks back, he took orders from the Montelena Team and we’ve been anxiously awaiting and pondering […]

Montelena Joins Williams-Sonoma’s Wine Club

Williams-Sonoma lovers: have you received your catalogs yet? Did you notice the Chateau Montelena feature in their Wine Club? Our famous, classically styled Napa Valley Chardonnay is highlighted in their Wine Club catalogue, and paired with a delicious roasted chicken, lemon and herb recipe. We are excited about the new partnership – especially given that […]

American Milestones Video

A few months ago a video production team visited the Chateau to interview Master Winemaker Bo Barrett and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella for a 7.5 minute piece that will air on PBS periodically. UltraMont member Tom Koch also makes a cameo, and talks about what keeps him refilling his glass with Chateau Montelena wines. Enjoy!

Lighting up the Tasting Room

The holidays are in full swing here at Chateau Montelena and our tasting room is lit up and looking as festive as ever – but goodness, where has the year gone?! That Indian summer we had certainly didn’t help me adjust. So, needless to say, I find myself writing this with hardly half my shopping done […]

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About Our Authors

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.

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