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Wine Advent Calendar

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m getting excited for family and friends to visit and enjoy some great vino. This year, I’ve decided to have a little fun with it – I’m going to pick up some wines and make my own version of an Advent Calendar…an Advent Wine Calendar, if you would. I will […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe Challenge Grand Prize Winner: Vanilla Lobster Tails With Caviar And Micro-Greens Salad

Try this Grand Prize Winning Recipe, submitted by CellarMaster member Jack Douglas, that pairs beautifully with our Napa Valley Chardonnay. “Simply, a most delicious and elegant first course that sets the stage for a wonderful evening…easy!” You will need: A special oblong individual dish for each serving is dramatic and beautifully sets the salad A […]

Recipe Challenge Winner: Dark Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Try this “Dessert” category winner, submitted by CellarMaster Patrick Blondin, with our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. “A fabulous and simple, yummy dessert…use your favorite pie filling!” Serves: 8 Prep Time: 40-45 minutes  You will need: A glass or ceramic deep dish pie plate, or square baking pan, buttered on bottom and sides. Flowers, or other decorative element, to […]

Advice On Your Trip to Napa

Ok, now seems to be the time that EVERYBODY wants to come visit.  And it’s not just fans or interested consumers or even tourists, but friends and family too.  Inevitably, they all want to come on Saturday afternoon.  Well, at the risk of repeating myself from last year’s blog…it’s worth repeating. Pick any other day! […]

Recipe Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our CellarMaster Recipe Challenge Winners! We had many wonderful submissions for our first ever members’ Recipe Challenge and our staff culinary team had to narrow down the submissions to four category winners in each of the categories: appetizer, salad, main course, dessert.   We are delighted to share their tasty recipes, each paired […]

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 […]

Upcoming Sabbatical

As I gear up for a trip to Italy (I depart on Friday), I’m getting excited to venture into some of the best food and wine in the world!  It’s been a while since I’ve been there and I’ve indulged in all things Napa Valley/Chateau Montelena for the last few years. We all should realize […]

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