Come Taste For Yourself

As a new member of the Montelena family, we invite you to meet us, taste the wines and enjoy a bounty of benefits.

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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!

Montelena ZAP

Farewell 2010

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Chateau Montelena Winery

Winter at Chateau Montelena Winery

Wishing you all a wonderful end to 2010.

May your New Year be filled with happiness, laughter and extraordinary wine.


The Montelena Family

Harvest 2010 Update: Part II

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Part II of the Harvest 2010 series: Bo discusses how the weather during Harvest 2010 was perfect for crafting Montelena’s style of wines.

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The Wine You Didn’t Know We Had…

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Many people may not realize we make a few very special wines, in very special years, that are not regularly included in our lineup of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay,  Zinfandel and Riesling.  The year 2007 was one of those special years.  We harvested some amazing Petite Sirah grapes and recently released the 2007 Petite Sirah for your enjoyment.  It just maybe the perfect gift for that hard-to-please wine lover or for the Montelena fan who has everything.  It’s delicious now, but this wine will reward you after years of patience.

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Harvest 2010 Update

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We’ve heard a lot of speculation about this year’s harvest in the past few weeks and now that things are finally slowing down in our cellar, we’d like to share Chateau Montelena’s perspective on Harvest 2010.

Part I

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Stay tuned for more installments of our Harvest 2010 series.

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

What Happens in the Vineyard…

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Leftovers from San Francisco’s finest restaurants make their way into the Chateau Montelena vineyards.  Dave Vella, Vineyard Manager, explains to NBC Bay Area News:

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.

The Grapes Have Been Blessed

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On Friday, September 24, 2010, friends and family descended upon Chateau Montelena Winery for the annual “Blessing of the Grapes” ceremony.  While Jim and Bo Barrett presided over the events, the first grapes of 2010 were blessed by two Priests, in both Jewish and Catholic prayers, with a sprinkling of Holy Water.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Vineyard Foreman of 25+ years, Placido Hernandez, performed a powerful rendition of Ava Maria.  Harvest 2010 is officially underway!

See Bo Go

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Did you happen to catch Bo on his recent travels?  See Bo Go as he travels around the country for tastings and events to find out when he might be passing through your neighborhood.  Check back frequently for recaps on where he’s been and updates on where he’ll be going next…

On August 14th, Bo stopped by Argonaut Liquors in Denver, Colorado for a fantastic tasting event and to meet some of the Montelena fans out in the Centennial State.

Chateau Montelena at Argonaut Liquors

Bo with the Argonaut Crew

Montelena in Colorado

Montelena at Argonaut Liquors

One lucky taster received a signed bottle

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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