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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 […]

My Friend Brett

Brett (aka brettanomyces) has been a great friend of mine for a long, long time.  But some people misunderstand and steer clear of it, thinking Brett can only be a dominating, ruinous stinker that smells like wet barnyard.  Some get scared, even paranoid, and want no trace of Brett in their lives.  Not I, because […]

Post Event Hangover

Well, it’s not what you think – not from the alcohol, but from the end of another Movable Feast.   After a year of planning, it came down to a four-hour party. By my calculations, that’s about 520 hours of planning for every one hour of partying….wow!  Ok, ok, I didn’t spend the ENTIRE year planning, […]

The Feast 2012

We have just a few days left before the biggest event of the year – our Annual Movable Feast.  This year’s theme: The Rat Pack and a throwback to Vegas.  The front of the Chateau will come alive with costumes, music and decor – in all the glorious, if not a bit tacky, splendor of […]

I’m Back!

Ok, after a couple months off (and no, I wasn’t “off”), I’m now back on the blog.    Over the last few months, we overhauled some of our computer systems, and now that the work is complete,  I’m able to blog again. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure I’d continue because I was not sure […]

Montelena Moments: Brennan and Lindsey Sheedy

We recently received a very kind email from Brennan and Lindsey Sheedy about their memorable first experience with Chateau Montelena wines.  Bitten by the wine bug during the planning of their wedding, here’s their story… THE WINE THAT STARTED IT ALL – FOR US! by Brennan and Lindsey Sheedy This past November, Lindsey and I […]

Happy New Year!

Here we are on Thursday, December 29th and less than 48 hours to the New Year.  This last year has been an exciting one, to say the least!  We’ve finished renovations and a seismic retrofit on our cellar, finished up our most interesting vintage to date, brought the food truck movement to the ole Chateau, […]

Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Well, for my last blog of 2011, I’m gonna rant a little (ok, I guess a lot). I’m not gonna chat about wine – sorry, if you’re looking for words of wisdom for what to drink on New Years, you should have that figured out already. What I’ve reflected on lately is the curse of […]

Virgin America Video

Fliers on Virgin America in December and January will see this 2:00 minute video inviting them to visit us.  It is actually footage we shot some years back and “re-purposed” for the airline, which did all of the copy.  It was fun to revisit it.  Back in those days, Bo had a mustache.  Take a […]

About Our Authors

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