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.
Family – It is a warm word and an important one to me. I have had the fortune to work in this wonderful industry for over thirteen years and an even greater fortune to be here at Chateau Montelena for the last six. In fact that is one of the reasons why I came to Chateau Montelena. I wanted to work for a family. Some place where you are addressed by your name not your employee number. Some place where you can make a difference.
This winery is my home away from home. A home with great people. And of course fantastic wine!
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 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:
What was your favorite commercial of SuperBowl 2011? And did you discover any unique food/wine pairings? We like those too.
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…
It’s nearing spring, and many people like to enjoy lamb on Easter, or in my case, any day they’re lucky enough to get some. Here is an easy, and delicious lamb recipe that pairs amazingly with our Cabernet Sauvignons.
3 cups pearl onions (I recommend using frozen)
4 stalks celery rough chopped
2 carrots rough chopped
10 cloves of garlic
1 6-8 pound leg of lamb (bone removed)
½ cup flour
½ cup milk
2 cups beef or chicken stock
Mince half of the garlic and rub the inside of the lamb. Then sprinkle the inside with salt, pepper, thyme and oregano. Use according to taste. Roll leg up and tie with twine, (it’s ok if it isn’t completely even). Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Sprinkle more salt & pepper on exterior of the leg. Place remaining garlic with a couple of bay leaves, the celery, carrots & pearl onions into to bottom of a roasting pan. Place the leg onto the veggies, and pour stock into corner of the pan.
Cook at 500 degrees for 15 minutes, and then lower oven to 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Place leg on a cutting board and let rest. Strain off cooking liquid into a sauce pot. Mix milk & flour until smooth. Wisk into simmering cooking liquid, and season to taste. Spoon sauce over each serving.
Enjoy and I recommend serving with potatoes and asparagus.
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.
Our wine club members are very important to us. They are our brand ambassadors and our biggest fans. With that status, it is paramount that we offer them a desirable wine club. We often ask for their feedback. How are we doing? What can we do for them? Their answers help us to continually cultivate and improve our wine clubs.
What makes a great wine club to you?
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!