Category Archives: Winery News
Every year around this time visitors to wine country will note wild mustard, fava beans and other cover crops growing in the rows between the vines. These are used by vineyard managers to help control pests, help with irrigation and to add nutrients to the soil. Here at Chateau Montelena, our Vineyard Manager Dave Vella has even planted turnip greens. Sounds like only edible foods are used, but that is not the case. We also use Triticale and barley, Zorro fescue, Bell beans, oats, and brassica. The mustard and other cover crops grow at a rapid rate, especially when we have periods of rain followed by days of sunshine. Watch the mustard grow before your eyes…
Sit down with Winemaker Cameron Parry to sample a few of his favorite wines, hand-selected for this special tasting, and perhaps even a barrel sample or two. While these tastings are offered seasonally (Cameron is pre-occupied with harvest activities during the autumn months), this time of year tends to be ideal for visiting as it’s a bit quieter in the tasting room and you’ll have plenty of time to ask those burning questions about the winemaking process. These unique opportunities to sit down and taste wine with our Winemaker are available on on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Click here for more information or to book your tasting.
Keep in mind that Napa Valley tends to be less crowded during the winter months of January, February and March, so you’ll have no trouble getting that restaurant reservation. We hope that’s all the motivation you need to come and see us soon.
Want to join CellarMaster with a friend?
Wine is meant to be social – something to share and enjoy with friends. So now there’s ClubShare. It’s the ideal option for anyone who has been tempted to join a wine club and would prefer to share the experience. When you enroll in our CellarMaster Futures wine club with a friend, you both gain access to all of the advantages together: exclusive tastings, special CellarMaster pricing, members’ only parties, use of Jade Lake islands for picnics and limited-production wine offerings. Share the wines, share the benefits, and share the commitment with ClubShare.
Contact one of our CellarMaster Wine Club Specialists for more information or to enroll by calling 800-222-7288.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at ZAP yesterday! ZAP was a great success and a whole lot of fun. Most of all, thanks to all of the sponsors, organizers and volunteers for putting on yet another stellar event.
If you got a chance to taste our Zinfandel yesterday, tell us what you think. We would love to hear from you. We poured the 2006 Estate Zinfandel, the 2007 Estate Zinfandel and unveiled the soon to be released 2008 Estate Zinfandel.
To all you Zin fanatics out there, we’ll see you there again next year!
We’ll be pouring some of our favorite wines at the ZAP Zinfandel tasting event this weekend. Come see us if you’ll be in San Francisco or if you can make it into the city for a very fun event. Be sure to stop by our table and say ‘hello’ to our very own ZAP team: Connor, George and Matt.
Visit the ZAP website to purchase tickets. We hope to see you at Fort Mason!
Wishing you all a wonderful end to 2010.
May your New Year be filled with happiness, laughter and extraordinary wine.
The Montelena Family
Part II of the Harvest 2010 series: Bo discusses how the weather during Harvest 2010 was perfect for crafting Montelena’s style of wines.
Many people may not realize we make a few very special wines, in very special years, that are not regularly included in our lineup of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Riesling. The year 2007 was one of those special years. We harvested some amazing Petite Sirah grapes and recently released the 2007 Petite Sirah for your enjoyment. It just maybe the perfect gift for that hard-to-please wine lover or for the Montelena fan who has everything. It’s delicious now, but this wine will reward you after years of patience.
We’ve heard a lot of speculation about this year’s harvest in the past few weeks and now that things are finally slowing down in our cellar, we’d like to share Chateau Montelena’s perspective on Harvest 2010.
Stay tuned for more installments of our Harvest 2010 series.
*Updated 1/14/11: Passports are no longer available for purchase.
Last winter, if you were in Calistoga you may have enjoyed the bounty of our small town during Winter in the Wineries Passport weekends. This year, the event is back with special offerings from local wineries (including tastings at Chateau Montelena), some of Calistoga’s finest restaurants, hotels, bed & breakfasts and inns. You may purchase your passport by visiting the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce website. Passports are available for $50 and may be used anytime, during normal business hours, at any of the participating locations from December 4, 2010 through February 6, 2010.