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Estate Zinfandel Brownie with Zinfandel Chocolate Ganache

Zinfandel Brownie 2 eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup butter, melted ½ cup Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel ¾ cup good quality cocoa powder (such as Ghirardelli) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup chocolate chips (bittersweet is best) ½ cup Zinfandel Ganache (recipe follows) Preheat oven to […]

From Our Kitchen: Lamb Burgers with Nick’s Spicy Tzatziki Sauce

A perfect paring for our spring red releases: Lamb Burgers with Nick’s Spicy Tzatziki Sauce. Best with a glass of our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or 2011 Montelena Estate Zinfandel! Lamb Burger  serves about 4 Ingredients 1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped 1 1/2 lbs. ground lamb 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon sweet paprika […]

On the road with Montelena…Pork & Cabs

BY JUDY BARRETT Most of us don’t automatically put “pork” and “cabernet” together when we think of food and wine pairings, but in the hands of a talented and creative chef, the combination can be magic. At a recent Montelena dinner at Table 6 in Denver, Chef Carrie Shores partnered our ’06 and ’09 Estate […]

The view from the vineyard….

BY JUDY BARRETT Jim’s older brother, Fr. Vincent Barrett, officiated at our annual harvest season Blessing of the Grapes many times in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  After Fr. Vincent passed away in 1985, we chose to honor his memory by constructing a small shrine on a quiet spot on Horse Hill overlooking the Montelena […]

‘Tis the Season…

…For Dungeness crabs! Tomorrow morning, for the second year running, George will make the trek south to Half Moon Bay to pick up a rather large order of live (delicious) Dungeness crabs from our friends aboard The Cricket. A few weeks back, he took orders from the Montelena Team and we’ve been anxiously awaiting and pondering […]

Vineyard Strolls & Thanksgiving Preparations

The Fall has been extended and mild this year, temperatures hanging in around the sixties and seventies for most of the last two months.  I have been doing a lot of walking in the vineyard and enjoying the wild life.  There is a pair of great egrets that have been spending a lot of time […]

What’s Great About Being at Chateau Montelena…

There are many great reasons to visit Chateau Montelena, first of which is the wine. But for me, it’s about the history and experience. Everyday, we get to learn something new, some uncovered bit of history, some tribal knowledge handed down from our winemakers, managers or salty local. We also get to experience the majesty […]

The Vineyard Tour

Greetings. Now that the harvest is over I thought it would be a good time to remind folks that our Vineyard Tour will continue (weather allowing) throughout the year.  The Vineyard Tour offers a nice opportunity to see the Estate Vineyard from the “stretch” Club Car which holds 8 people including the driver. The tour […]

Sights of the Season~Happy Halloween!

Oh What A Night We Had!

Every year, we put on an exclusive event for our UltraMont wine club members.  This small group represents the highest tier in our membership structure. Two weekends ago, we hosted this event, which was a day and a half affair.  It started with a welcome reception at Judy Barrett’s home.  She is one of the […]

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