Category Archives: Winery News
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).
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…)
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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to reserve your spot.
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!
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.
Have you tasted these wines yet? Share your thoughts with us. If not, which wine do you hope to get your hands on first?
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?
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.
I admit it; I have Oscar fever. I look forward to Awards Season every year – the glamour and the hype gets me every time. Also, it’s not a bad excuse for a party! Last night was no exception – I parked myself in front of the television with a few of my favorite people (and a few favorite wines) to watch the 83rd annual Academy Awards. After months of movie-going and speculation, it’s exciting to see who takes home the big awards. A few highlights from my house:
- “The King’s Speech” was the biggest winner of the evening, taking home Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. I loved it, but I was also secretly rooting for some of my other favorites of the past 12 months – “The Social Network” and “Toy Story 3.”
- Aaron Sorkin gave a great acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay. “I’m going to have to demand some respect from your guinea pig.”
- By the end of the night, I had maxed out my Netflix queue – “True, Grit”, “Inside Job” or “The Fighter”, anyone?
- And lastly, you can’t have an Oscar post without mentioning the fashion; hands-down, my favorite look of the night was the always-impeccable Halle Berry.
If you tuned into the big show last night, what were your favorite moments from Oscar 2011?