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What Is Your Great Pairing?

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2008 Montelena Estate Zinfandel

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

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BEFORE: Daisy eager to start her tasting assignment.

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).

Sneak Peak: Franc&Blanc

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We’re really looking forward to our upcoming #Franc&Blanc party, here at the winery, on June 25th.  What’s not to love about delicious wine, fantastic food, great music and plenty of entertaining games?!  We can barely contain our excitement.  We’re encouraging guests to wear red (franc) or white (blanc) to declare their wine preference, but we’re also encouraging guests to dress up with fun props, let loose and have fun in our photobooth.  The event is still a few months away, but Nyk is already getting ready for his close-up:

What’s your favorite part of a party?  The food?  The drinks?  The games?  Tell us what makes an awesome party.


Here comes the sun…finally…

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…for the next few days at least.

It’s been a wet few weeks here in Calistoga, but the trend changes tomorrow. 

What’s the weather like in your area?  Comment and let us know.

5-day forecast

The sun will finally shine this week after about 3 weeks of rain.

Meet the Cellar Crew – Eddie Salomon

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Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be highlighting our cellar crew.  These highly skilled behind-the-scenes workaholics keep production moving along, and make it look effortless.  Most of their time is spent doing work in the caves and the warehouse.  I thought it was overdue getting them some face time.  Keep up the good work fellas!

Eddie Salomon from Chateau Montelena

This is Eddie “El Gato” Salomon.  First off, congratulations Eddie on your new beautiful baby girl Victoria Salomon!  Mr. Salomon has been with Montelena since 2007, and is the jack-of-all-trades guy in the cellar.  Eddie’s nickname is “The Cat” – he demonstrates this every harvest when he crawls around preparing the equipment for crush.  What nickname do you go by?

Best Sushi In SF? YES

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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 resurgent urban development with loft condos, bay view offices, and restaurants.  Not to miss on the corner of 3rd and 18th is a small, unassuming Sushi Restaurant called Moshi Moshi.  And yes, the freshness and variety of their sushi is really second to none, especially when you consider the reasonable prices.  If you’re not a sushi eater, their broths for any of the noodle soup dishes are made on premise, with such perfection it’s hard to pass that up on a  “cold Summer day” in San Francisco.  Do yourself a favor and stop in.

And shameless plug: have a glass of our Zin or Riesling, which they serve there by the glass!  There’s a reason why we targeted this restaurant to carry our wine: so we can go there!!

Are You Franc or Blanc?

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Have you ever wanted to taste the wines that we make just for the fun of it?  Now you can.  The winery will host a first-of-its-kind party called Franc&Blanc on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm where we’ll be pouring two of our limited-production wines – Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc – along with other wines such as our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay.  There may even be a few other surprise wines here and there.

We’ll have a DJ, food trucks providing plenty of bites that pair with the wines, barrel tasting, a photobooth, vineyard tours, wine classes, games and prizes and much, much more!  The Montelena Family will be there too (because we love a great party) and we’re closing the winery down just for this special event.

Tickets are on sale now for general admission and VIP (*note that VIP tickets include transportation to/from the winery and access to a private VIP lounge).  Come and join us and declare your preference by wearing red (franc) or white (blanc).

Chateau Montelena Franc&Blanc


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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We just finished enjoying a scrumptious Irish feast, prepared by our talented Chef Britny: corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and soda bread.  Then we topped off the afternoon with a deliciously rich and moist Guinness cake.  Isn’t dessert the best part of every meal?

From all of us at Team Montelena, we wish you a very happy St. Patty’s Day!  How will you be celebrating the luck of the Irish today?

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Your Wednesday Moment of Zen

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A March morning on Jade Lake here at the winery.

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A Visit With Dave Vella

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Last week,  Vineyard Manager Dave Vella hosted Viticulture student Lynn Pedone for an educational visit, tour and tasting at the winery.  If you’ve ever met Dave, you know what a hilarious and engaging personality he has – it’s no surprise that he was the highlight of Lynn’s visit.  He’s also incredibly knowledgeable about our unique land at Montelena as he’s been managing the vineyard activities since 1985.  To learn more about Lynn’s visit with Dave, read her full blog post at The Grape Grower.

Dave Vella at Chateau Montelena

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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