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American Milestones Video

A few months ago a video production team visited the Chateau to interview Master Winemaker Bo Barrett and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella for a 7.5 minute piece that will air on PBS periodically. UltraMont member Tom Koch also makes a cameo, and talks about what keeps him refilling his glass with Chateau Montelena wines. Enjoy!

My First Day In The Vineyard

We have a new face on the blog! Lynn Pedone will be working in the vineyard, with Dave Vella and his crew, as she pursues her studies in Viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College. A little background on Lynn: she’s a recent East Coast transplant, has lived all over the world growing up in a military family […]

A Visit With Dave Vella

Last week,  Vineyard Manager Dave Vella hosted Viticulture student Lynn Pedone for an educational visit, tour and tasting at the winery.  If you’ve ever met Dave, you know what a hilarious and engaging personality he has – it’s no surprise that he was the highlight of Lynn’s visit.  He’s also incredibly knowledgeable about our unique land at […]

Jambalaya & King Cake = Mardi Gras

What are your Mardi Gras plans?

Cover Crops: More than Mustard

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 […]

What Happens in the Vineyard…

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:

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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