This is Bill Hanna. He grows some of the chardonnay grapes that go into our wonderful Chard. In fact, no less than 33% of every vintage of our Napa Chardonnay is made up of Bill’s fruit. The Hannas have been part of the Montelena family since 1972. Keep up the good work Bill!
Thanks to La Niña, we are experiencing quite the weather here in Calistoga. Last week it snowed on Mt. St. Helena and closed Hwy 29 for a couple of days. This week it’s chilly but sunny. However come Friday evening there is a chance that it might snow again – down to the 500 foot level. Which means we might have some snow at the winery. Come out and visit us and warm up in the tasting room.
While coming to Napa Valley has always been about the wine, top flight chefs are now finding their new home in “The Valley.” Among my faves: SolBar at Solage – Chef Brandon Sharp is a magician in the kitchen and it isn’t too expensive; Cindy’s comfort food at Cindy’s BackStreet Kitchen – don’t miss the duck burger and, not to mention, they have the best fries I’ve had since venturing over the Pond; Cook; Market; oh, and there’s Palisades Deli in Calistoga – where all of our staff goes for lunch! And I haven’t even touched on those in the city of Napa…till next time.
Many are very “corkage” friendly.” Call ahead…
Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known as our third President, one of our Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, but he was also an avid wine collector, wine connoisseur and is widely-recognized as the father of the Virgina wine country (did you know about Virginia wine country?). He also became George Washington’s wine expert, while also serving as Secretary of State, and worked hard to keep the White House stocked with great wine from around the world. If you ever get a chance to visit his Monticello Estate in Virginia, you’ll learn more about the former President’s love of wine and you may be surprised to discover a small vineyard planted on the Estate.
Jefferson truly believed that America was capable of producing the same quality of world-class wine that was coming out of Europe and he was an ardent supporter of the American wine industry. Some 200 years later, wine is now produced in America in all 50 states and we are the fifth most-vine-planted country in the world. We have some of the best wines in the world right in our backyard. As Jefferson once remarked, “Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” We’ll drink to that!
If you are enjoying the day off today in honor of our Presidents, say a little “Thank You” to Mr. Jefferson and toast with a glass of your favorite American wine.
Tell us, what’s in your glass this President’s Day holiday?
After a week of rain, Sunday was nearly perfect…light freeze in the morning with a high of around 50…and, of course, perfect sun with snow on the top of the nearby mountains! Thank you to all of our guests who dropped by and enjoyed a tasting.
For those of you who have ordered the 2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon through the Chateau - get ready. This delicious wine will be sent out to you the week of March 7. Look forward to an email with all the details.
*This post was written by our own Anne Banfield in honor of her friend Harry Casey’s recent birthday…
“Once in a while we have encounters with special people and the memories of such encounters stay with us forever. A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of hosting Harry Casey, or ‘KC’, of KC and the Sunshine Band, and a couple of his closest friends. The tasting was so much fun that it lasted much longer than planned, but none of us noticed.
Our Chardonnay became an instant favorite of KC’s that day, so it was no surprise, when some weeks back there was a call from one of his band members wanting to order a special bottle to commemorate his special birthday. We took it a step further…. Our very own Bo Barrett hosted a short video to wish Harry a very happy birthday, and we are sharing it with you.
So once again Harry, a Very Happy Birthday to you from all of us at Chateau Montelena. And remember, to keep yourself feeling young, one has to ‘shake, shake, shake’ on a regular basis!”
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! http://shop.montelena.com/