Dealing with the Drought

October 2, 2015

Winemaker Matt Crafton answers the most popular question this year. The number one question this past year has been how the drought has affected us here at Montelena. Let me start by saying that overall, yes, the drought has not been good for our state. Our lakes are low, rivers are shallow, and agriculture has struggled with how to feed ...

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Valley Fire Statement

September 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2015 CALISTOGA, CA On behalf of Chateau Montelena and our staff, we thank you for the outpouring of comments and concerns regarding the Valley Fire.    While we are located on Tubbs Lane in Calistoga where all traffic is being stopped, the winery is not in any immediate danger. We do however, have members ...

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Blessing of the Grapes

September 3, 2015

The blessing of the grapes is an annual tradition that celebrates the people of Chateau Montelena, those who support us, and the bounty of fruit we receive each year. ...

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Harvest Begins

August 27, 2015

Step onto the crush pad and experience the begining of harvest 2015.  ...

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Montelena Does Outside Lands

August 17, 2015

   By George Blanckensee - Director of DTC and Hospitality        Our first foray into the music festival scene was last weekend in Golden Gate Park.  I’ve always stayed away from these things; too crowded; too young, overpriced; bad food, bad wine; mediocre lineups.  Well, I was wrong… growing ...

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Inside the Bottling Line - 2014 Chardonnay

August 4, 2015

Enjoy this special look inside our mobile bottling line with winemaker Matt Crafton.     ...

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Montelena LIVE! - July 2015

July 27, 2015

Enjoy this episode of Montelena LIVE On-Demand, on your time!  In this episode, join winemaker Matt Crafton, and Montelena LIVE host Brian Baker for a light-hearted half hour as they taste through their newly-released vertical, showcasing the winery’s gracefully-aged Burgundian-style Chardonnays from 2006, through 2011 vintages. We’ve been carefully storing these vintages, and are now proud ...

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Fennel

July 16, 2015

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Fennel Paired with our 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc From the Kitchen of LindySez.   1 pound thick fresh asparagus, trimmed 1/2 large fennel bulb, plus some chopped fennel fronds (the feathery top) 1/2 large red onion 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian leaf parsley) 1 tablespoon best fruity extra virgin olive oil Salt and ...

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From the Journal of Vineyard Manager Dave Vella

July 13, 2015

2015 Field Notes From the journal of Vineyard Manager Dave Vella January: Thank goodness for the reservoir-filling storms of December!  January rainfall was paltry and the weather was unseasonably mild.   February: Rainfall was a bit over five inches, but the temperatures were warmer than January. 12 days of highs in the 70s and one day reaching 80 degrees. Toward the ...

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Chef Stef’s Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

January 29, 2015

A lighter option for your Super Bowl Spread Serves 4 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 1 pound ground chicken ¼ cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil 2 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste 1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced 2 green onions, thinly sliced ½ cup chopped ...

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