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I Really Am Back

But have been remiss in posting…I’d give you all the usual excuses, but you’ve heard them all….busy, busy, busy…. And I know I promised some Italy pics, but I still haven’t organized them.  It’s coming, promise…. As for the Summer season at the Chateau, we’ve been experiencing good weather so far.  My tomatoes plants are […]

Summer Sips: Riesling And Tofu Tempura

Oh, how we love the 2011 Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling with Asian cuisine! The traditional sweet and spicy flavors in Thai sweet chili sauces, along with a smidge of Sriracha hot sauce, provide a perfect dipping companion to this easy Tofu Tempura dish! The irresistable floral notes and bright acidity of our Potter Valley […]

Summer’s Here!

Well, it felt like Summer was in high form this past weekend as we hit triple digits in the Napa Valley.  According to the seasonal calendar, summer doesn’t actually start until tomorrow but that’s California for you!  It’s not a very predictable state. I remember many years ago watching weather reporters on the local news […]

Summer Wine And The Living Is Easy

So what is a “summer wine?”  Well, the snarky (but accurate) answer is that a “summer wine” is whatever happens to be in your glass from June 20th to September 21st.  However, most of the time we’re talking about anything that is light, crisp, and refreshing – a wine that can benefit from a bit […]

A Great Week In The Bay Area

Is Napa still considered Bay Area? I’ll say yes.  Some define the Bay Area as the outreach of BART (for those unfamiliar with the acronym, that’s our train system here).   Napa County still touches part of the Bay waters – the San Pablo Bay waterway that borders the Carneros District – and provides a nice […]

New Spring Releases!

Along with the warmer weather and longer days, we bring more good news to our wine-loving friends.  This Spring, we’re pleased to release three new wines for your sipping pleasure: our 2008 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and our 2009 Montelena Estate Zinfandel.  To coincide with celebration season, barbecues and cook-outs or […]

Strolling Through the Vineyards

One of the best things about summer is enjoying the sunshine and outdoors.  This is especially true when you work at a beautiful winery in gorgeous Calistoga.  The extreme heat has spared us so far this August, so I’ve been loving taking time to get outside for a lunchtime walk in the vineyard.  I take […]

Lightened-Up Caprese Salad…For Sauv Blanc Lovers

Now that Heirloom tomato season is here, I’m planning meals around the ultimate tomato dish in our house…the Caprese Salad.  But our summer meals with Caprese on the table most often go to Mediterranean flavors. Lately, I’m loving sipping our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc before sunset, with its crisp refreshing acidity and bright citrus notes. So […]

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 […]

Summer Arrives at Chateau Montelena

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 […]

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

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