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1973 Chardonnay – Sold!

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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

(c) Susana Blavarg

We are pleased to announce that the bottle of 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay has been auctioned off for charity.  The winning bid?  $11,325 will be donated to Friends of the Orphans – Haiti Initiative.  We’d like to thank all of the auction participants for contributing to a great cause.  We will also be donating a horizontal of our 2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet that Friends of the Orphans charity may use for in their future fundraising endeavors.

Win A Bottle of 1973 Chardonnay

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1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Have you ever dreamed of owning your very own bottle of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay?

Well, we have some very exciting news to share.  We will be offering you an extremely rare opportunity to own a bottle of the wine that won the 1976 Paris Tasting.  All you need to do is be the winning bidder in our charity auction.

Auction Details

How:  Online Live Auction
Auction Opens:  Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Auction Closes:  Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Where to Bid:  Visit Spectrum Wine Auctions to register and place your bid on
Lot #1973
Beneficiary:  100% of proceeds go to Friends of the Orphans – Haiti Initiative

Chateau Montelena Auction Box

2010 Movable Feast Poetry Contest Winner

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For the first time ever, we hosted a Poetry Contest during the month of April.  The grand prize?  Two tickets to our annual party, The Movable Feast.  Meet this year’s winner, Tom Elias of Woodland Hills, California.

They Grow On Vines

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With a bit of sunshine, and quite a lot of rain, the Glass Sippers have begun to bloom in the vineyard.  We hope that, over the next few months, the bottles will continue to get bigger and bigger.  However, this mini-size is perfect if you’d just like a taste of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  Click here to get some for yourself!

Chateau Montelena Glass Sippers

Chateau Montelena Winery Presents…

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Glass Sippers

Chateau Montelena Glass Sipper

Chateau Montelena Glass Sippers allow you to bring our tasting room to wherever you may be.  Each set includes six 50ml bottles, and each bottle contains one taste-sized portion of our acclaimed Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – ideal for party favors, stocking stuffers tasting parties or just sharing the Montelena experience with friends.  This wine has been bottled at the Montelena Estate by TastingRoom, Inc.

Coming soon…

Chateau Montelena Glass Sipper

Montelena in the Movies

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Bottle Shock & Chardonnay Experience

Learn about and taste the wine that made Chateau Montelena famous, see the location where the movie was filmed, discuss fact vs. fiction and take home a souvenir from your visit.

Offered by appointment on Thursdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

Click here to make your Bottle Shock & Chardonnay Experience reservation today.

Can’t make it to the winery?  You can watch Bottle Shock on DVD!

Bottle Shock

Celebrate the Calistoga AVA

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Calistoga AVA

To celebrate the official recognition of Calistoga as an American Viticultural Area (AVA), we will be conducting three extraordinary public tastings.  The last of these tastings will be held on Saturday, April 24th. Purchase a tasting of our current release wines for $20 and for an additional $5 enjoy a taste of rare, older vintages of our Calistoga Cuvee: our 1995 and 1996 Calistoga Cuvee.

We hope to see you there!

Praise from Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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Montelena Estate Cabernet

2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Outstanding. “A beautiful, classic wine with loads of berry fruit, an earthy character, and a spicy, pure, rich finish.” -92 Points

2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Outstanding. “Aromas of white peaches, apple skins, and crushed rocks presented in a fresh, medium-bodied, dry, zesty format.” – 90 Points

2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Very Good. “It possesses good berry fruit and seductive tannins. A very fine glass of Cabernet.”- 87 Points

2007 Montelena Estate Zinfandel
Outstanding. “Already delicious, this medium to full-bodied Zin exhibits a darker ruby/purple color as well as a big, seductive nose of black cherries, briery mountain fruit, earth, pepper and herbs.” -90 Points


New Spring Releases

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Chateau Montelena Spring 2010 Releases

Today, we released our 2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our 2007 Montelena Estate Zinfandel.  Come visit us at the winery, or at Press Club, to taste or purchase the delicious new releases.  For more information on these wines, and our other wines, we encourage you to visit our ‘Wines’ page to read our Winemaker’s Notes.

Visit Us At The Press Club In Downtown San Francisco

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press club san francisco chateau montelenaPlease visit us at Press Club, an “urban tasting room” situated on Yerba Buena Lane in San Francisco, adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel.  We are proud to be an important participant in Press Club, which offers San Francisco visitors an opportunity to taste, purchase and enjoy wine from an exclusive variety of wineries not collectively available anywhere else in the world.

Press Club Hours
Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Closed on Sunday

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About Our Authors

Kristina King

Born in Colorado and led a nomadic life until the ripe old age of four. Kristina loves to travel, eat, drink wine, and enjoy the outdoors. One of her mottos is: Life is an adventure - enjoy!

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.

Cameron Parry

Winemaker since 2008, Cameron has been an integral member of the winemaking team at Chateau Montelena since 2004. He and his wife live in Calistoga with their two beautiful daughters.

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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