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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 […]

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 […]

Harvest 2012

Wondering how Harvest 2012 is shaping up at Chateau Montelena?  Vineyard Manager, Dave Vella, shares his thoughts on the vintage weather and how it will affect our wines.  Learn more about what you can expect from Vintage 2012:

Montelena in the City

I’m sure by now most of you know we have a tasting room in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis.  But, did you know we have a great presence throughout the city in other venues where you can enjoy CM wines?  Here’s a list of few standouts you need to visit: 5A5 Steakhouse on […]

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 […]

New Years Resolutions; Better Late than Never

Well, I’m off to a dubious start already on my New Year’s resolutions. 1st Resolution: Be on time with my commitments.  Ok, so my first blog of 2012 is a week and a day late.  Not good. 2nd Resolution: Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.   I’ve been once since Jan 1 […]

Time to Impulse Buy

For those of you on my Christmas shopping list, a word to the wise: resist my constant requests to give me your Christmas wish list.  If you give me your list, you’ll get something predictable.  But if you don’t, you’ll stress me out and I’ll keep thinking about an ideal gift, wait until the last […]

Procrastinating Doesn’t Pay

For those who waited till the day before an exam and then crammed – it didn’t work, did it?  If you waited till the last day of a clothing sale, you’ve probably often found the inventory to be limited to sizes of except Small and XXL.  Well, it works that way here too!  With a […]

Early Autumn Carrot Ginger Soup

There is nothing better for a do-ahead recipe than this easy-to-prepare carrot ginger soup. Of course, we have the 2010 Riesling in the chiller for warm harvest season nights …who wouldn’t love this off-dry lovely first glass alongside a starter of early autumn carrot soup? The ginger, lemongrass and orange zest pick up the natural […]

Vineyard Tours Starting Soon

Most of you know wines from what you buy at the store, read in reviews, hear from friends and enjoy at dinner parties.  For those who venture to the regions where it’s actually made, their learning curve goes up exponentially.  They get the stories first hand (sometimes, subjective); but even then, that’s a good thing. […]

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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