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Tag Archives: harvest

The Grapes are Near!

Finally!  We’re at 22 brix; now we need just a bit more!  The heat is on and things are looking good.  The challenge for our production team, however, is that it looks like everything will be coming in at the same time.  Normally we get our white grapes first, then the reds and lastly the […]

So, How Is 2011 Shaping Up?

Vineyard Manager, Dave Vella, has over 25 years of experience working with the soils, vines and weather here at the winery.  With that kind of experience working with one particular vineyard, he has seen it all over the years.  I recently caught up with him to get an update on how things are shaping up […]

The Gloomy Days of May

Ok, so who said Summer is around the corner clearly is not living in Northern California!  Wet, cold, and snow in Tahoe still?  Just when you thought it was time to hang up the snowboards and break out the Cargo shorts, hold on there. So the question is, will this affect 2011 harvest?  I asked […]

Vintage Watching

A lot of us religiously read and watch what critics are saying about vintage quality.    We already know that 2007 is a vintage of the decade, but if you look back 30 years, and if you have an opportunity to try wines of vintages that were not as highly touted, you should come to the […]

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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!

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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.

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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

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