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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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Chateau Montelena 2011 Alaskan Adventure Wine Cruise

Recently I was extremely fortunate to represent Chateau Montelena Winery along with our winemaker, Cameron Parry, on our most recent wine cruise.   We sailed the inside passage of Alaska from June 25th through July 6th, starting in Anchorage and ending in Vancouver, Canada.   We along with our 50 guests, some of which are CellarMaster club members, spent some […]

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Chateau Montelena Sauvignon Blanc deserves an ideal companion for pairing. Fresh lime, aromatic herbs, and shellfish compliment the bright palate and crisp finish of this varietal. For me, it’s a light lunch or first course of Bodega Bay Crab Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc has a great acidity that champions both the citrus […]

Montelena Cabernet and Lamb Recipe

It’s nearing spring, and many people like to enjoy lamb on Easter, or in my case, any day they’re lucky enough to get some.  Here is an easy, and delicious lamb recipe that pairs amazingly with our Cabernet Sauvignons.   3 cups pearl onions (I recommend using frozen) 4 stalks celery rough chopped 2 carrots rough […]

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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