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Simply Divine Lemon-Thyme Bruschetta

Perfect Pairing with Chateau Montelena’s 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay! What could be simpler than these fresh bruschetta? The creamy texture, delicate thyme, perfume of citrus and sweet honey are a match made in heaven for our Chateau Montelena 2010 Chardonnay! Ingredients 1 traditional French baguette; thinly sliced 8 ounces whole milk fresh ricotta cheese Zest […]

Lemon Chicken Curry

So Delicious with Chateau Montelena Riesling! Our Potter Valley Riesling compliments the spicy and delicate flavors of this warming curry. Try substituting butternut squash for the carrots to make this a truly fall dinner. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, oven roasted on the bone and shredded 1/4 cup flour 3 T. butter 4 Tbsp lemon curry […]

Cocoa Nib Caponata

A Perfect Pairing with Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! This caponata is an interesting appetizer or side dish when you plan to uncork our smooth, intense Napa Valley Cabernet. The pine nuts, tomatoes and balsamic come into harmony with the dense, nutty and slightly bitter cocoa nibs to perfectly compliment the cabernet/merlot marriage, always a […]

Stuffed Roulade of Pork Loin with Cabernet Reduction

It’s fall…and time to cook for Cabernet! Nothing says fall better than warm and earthy roast pork loin. This delicious dish is actually easy to prepare, especially if you have the butcher butterfly the pork loin for you. (The instructions are included here as well.) Enjoy this delicious fall dish with Chateau Montelena Napa Valley […]

Back from Vacation

I just spent a week on vacation after finishing another high season here at the Chateau and it was just what the doctor ordered; Thanksgiving in Boise, Idaho with some of my closest friends.  I often get a funny reaction when I tell people I’m going to Boise for vacation.  The consistent reaction I get […]

Summer Vineyard Activities

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 […]

Happy President’s Day!

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known as our third President, one of our Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, but he was also an avid wine collector, wine connoisseur and is widely-recognized as the father of the Virgina wine country (did you know about Virginia wine country?).  He also became George Washington’s […]

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