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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


New Digs in SF

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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, who are there pouring all the good stuff.

…and, if you buy a bottle, you can take it to the Oak Room Restaurant with no corkage!  (and don’t pass up on their 3 course prixe fixe menu; if you do the simple math, you’ve made out like a bandit…)

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

2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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The 2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is finally here!  We released the wine on March 1st and sent it to many club members this past week.  And although the 2007 Estate Cabernet will only get better with time, I know at least a few of you out there couldn’t wait to crack a bottle open.  If you did, please let us know what you think.

How is the 2007 Estate Cabernet?

Are you a Club Member?

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Are you a CellarMaster member?  If so, here is an additional benefit that you might not be aware of when visiting the tasting room – specialized tasting catered to club members and their guests only.   Enjoy your tasting of library wines and an exclusive club wine with other club members in a private setting.   All paired with bite size food, (cheese and charcuterie).

These tastings are by appointment only and are offered Thursday through Sunday.  Please contact one of our Club representatives  at 800-222-7288 or email:, for more information or to reserve your spot.

New Website Feature – Find Our Wine

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New feature offered up on our website is awesome.  It helps you find out where you can buy our wines in your location in just a few seconds! It’s updated fairly often, so you should get accurate info… Now, there’s no excuse why you can’t find our wine!

Words From Our Winemaker

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With the recent release of our two new Estate wines, we caught up with Winemaker Cameron Parry to get his take on each of the wines.  Take a look at the videos below for a little insider information on our 2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our 2008 Montelena Estate Zinfandel.

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Have you tasted these wines yet?  Share your thoughts with us.  If not, which wine do you hope to get your hands on first?

Jambalaya & King Cake = Mardi Gras

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A few of us here at Montelena decided to get a head start on Mardi Gras (which is Tuesday, by-the-way) with a little pre-Gras jambalaya and real New Orleans king cake on Thursday.  My co-worker, Anne (who is from Maine, not Louisiana) cooked up the jambalaya and my uncle Troy overnighted a Gambino’s king cake from New Orleans.  Thursday was a great day to work at Montelena! 

What are your plans for Mardi Gras?

Vineyard Manager, Dave Vella, finishes his jambalaya before cutting a big slice of king cake.

Yes; It’s Cold Out There

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While many have asked how this cold affects our vineyards, rest assured they’re in a nice, hibernating slumber, so let Mr. Frost do his worst!  In another month when bud-break begins is when the frost can be dangerous and the cold temperatures can damage the vines.  That’s when poor Dave Vella, our tireless vineyard manager, sleeps with alarms by his bed to alert him when the temperature drops to 35 degrees.  When it does, he wakes up, heads into the vineyard and fires up the fans and smudge pots to heat the vines because the temperature is too low!

In the meantime, stay warm, dry, and snuggle up with a good glass of red wine to warm up the soul.

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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

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