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Winter in the Wineries 2010-2011

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*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.

Chateau Montelena Passport

Global #Zinfandel Appreciation Day

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November 19, 2010 – from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Get online, using your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, GoWalla, Foursquare, etc), and share your love of this great grape on November 19, 2010.  Using the hashtag #Zinfandel, you can interact with Zinfandel lovers from all around the world.  Share a bottle with friends and post about your tasting online, tell the world some little known facts about your favorite Zinfandel or go tasting at the wineries participating in #Zinfandel Day.  For more information, visit the #Zinfandel web page.

Chateau Montelena Zinfandel

If you’re in Calistoga on 11/19/10, come see us at the winery and taste our 2007 Montelena Estate Zinfandel and share your experience online.  We hope to see you online, or at the winery, promoting one of our favorite grapes.

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

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

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.

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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