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Author Archives: Kristina King

Oh What A Night We Had!

Every year, we put on an exclusive event for our UltraMont wine club members.  This small group represents the highest tier in our membership structure. Two weekends ago, we hosted this event, which was a day and a half affair.  It started with a welcome reception at Judy Barrett’s home.  She is one of the […]

Celebrating this Fourth of July

The month of July has multiple celebrations for me – the celebration of summer in full swing, the celebration of my work anniversary, (year nine for me at Chateau Montelena), but most importantly the celebration of our country. As I go through my day to day life, I find that I sometimes take for granted […]

Recipe Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our CellarMaster Recipe Challenge Winners! We had many wonderful submissions for our first ever members’ Recipe Challenge and our staff culinary team had to narrow down the submissions to four category winners in each of the categories: appetizer, salad, main course, dessert.   We are delighted to share their tasty recipes, each paired […]

Day 1 – Chateau Montelena Alaska Adventure: Welcome Reception

Our ship was the Regent Navigator.  A smaller cruise vessel compared to the other ones sailing the Alaskan passages.  This ship holds a maximum of just under 500 passengers.    We boarded in Seward, just outside of Anchorage.  Apparently it was the nicest day they had seen in a while – lots of sunshine.    Our first […]

Chateau Montelena 2011 Alaskan Adventure Wine Cruise

Recently I was extremely fortunate to represent Chateau Montelena Winery along with our winemaker, Cameron Parry, on our most recent wine cruise.   We sailed the inside passage of Alaska from June 25th through July 6th, starting in Anchorage and ending in Vancouver, Canada.   We along with our 50 guests, some of which are CellarMaster club members, spent some […]

Receiving Your Favorite Wine Directly May Be A Thing of the Past Unless..

There is another House of Representatives bill, being submitted (HR1161) , that will affect the direct shipping of your wine regardless of whether you are in a wine club, have a wine allocation or just occasionally order wine.  This act was sponsored by the wholesalers and will bring us back about two decades on wine shipping. Read more […]

What Are Your Plans for Memorial Day?

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching.   Besides flying our flag in rememberance of our fallen soldiers and those who continue to protect us, I plan to spend time with my family and friends.  What weekend celebrations do you have planned?

Music Pairing with Wines?

Okay I am going to go out on a limb here but I think this is an interesting topic and I would love to hear from other wine folks.   Music can be a big part of your life just like wine.  It is a part of celebatory events, moments of solitude as well as times […]

What Is Your Great Pairing?

For me I like it with an Irish beef stew.  But will always go for a glass on its own.  What is your great pairing with this wine?

Montelena Family Hard at Work

Sometimes it can be quite exhausting tasting the new releases.  Why in fact, take a look at Daisy here.  She is completely worn out after trying the recent release of the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.       (Thank you, Daisy, for allowing us to take these photos of you with these props).

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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