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2007 Zinfandel

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I’m tasting the 2007 Estate Zinfandel right now and thinking about how I’m going to miss this wine.  We’ll be releasing the 2008 vintage in March and the 2007 will be locked in the wine library.  With all of its bright red fruit, pepper and chocolate notes, the 2007 Zin is one of my favorites.  We should all buy a few more bottles before it goes away! 

I'm going to miss this wine...

Bo Barrett on Talk Radio Radio Europe

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Bo was recently featured on Talk Radio Europe discussing the movie Bottle Shock, the history of the winery, the modern-day Chateau Montelena Winery and the California wine industry.

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Take a listen for yourself.

Watch Us on Cantore Stories

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Check us out Thursday February 10 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Cantore Stories. Jim Cantore visited Chateau Montelena a few months ago and had a lot of fun with us. Let us know what you think.  We even captured him on video stomping out a little promo for his show.

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Jim Cantore with Master Winemaker Bo Barrett

Wanna Work at a Winery?!

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An adult dream job come true?  Ever want to work at an historic winery?  We’re looking for some temporary help in season (April -Oct) with great personalities!   Tell us about yourself. Videos and creative submissions are welcome and encouraged.  Tell us why you’d like to join the Montelena team… Some wine knowledge is good; but we’ll teach you the rest.  Submit your creativeness by email with “Montelena Dream Job” as the subject.  We hope to hear from you soon!

SuperBowl Wrap-Up

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SuperBowl weekend brings many things to the forefront of our lives: a great sporting event, fun finger foods, parties with friends and family and, of course, the newest commercials. Normally, we fast-forward through the commercials to get back to our regularly-scheduled programming, but the SuperBowl is different – the commercials are part of the main event!  So this year, while enjoying unseasonably warm February weather (80 degrees!?), we sipped some Chateau Montelena Sauvignon Blanc with our  spicy chicken wings (an unusual but tasty pairing!) and soaked up the best commercials from the 2011 SuperBowl.  Our favorites, in no particular order:

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What was your favorite commercial of SuperBowl 2011?  And did you discover any unique food/wine pairings? We like those too.

Cover Crops: More than Mustard

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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…

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Tuesday Winemaker Tastings

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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.

Montelena Winemaker Cameron Parry

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.


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Want to join CellarMaster with a friend?

Montelena ClubShare

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 for stopping by…

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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!

Come See Us at ZAP

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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!

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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