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And the winners are…

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Congratulations to our CellarMasterRecipe Challenge Winners!

We had many wonderful submissions for our second annual members’ Recipe Challenge. Our staff culinary team reviewed all submissions. We then selected 10 semi-finalist’s recipes for testing in our Chateau kitchen.

Each of four categories- Appetizers, Salads or Sides, Main Courses, and Sweet Endings- were independently judged by our staff in a private tasting, paired with the suggested wine. We are delighted to announce our winners as follows:

Category Winners

Donald Kellar, for “Vietnamese Style Ahi Cakes”, paired with Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling;

Evan Goldfischer, for “Evan’s Famous Latkes”, paired with Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;

Erica  Bearman, for “Grammy Miller’s German Sauerbraten”, paired with Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (main course);  and

Greer Reimer, for “Chocolate Tarragon Mousse”, paired with Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling.

Congratulations to all!

Our category winners are all invited to schedule a private tasting, vineyard tour, and catered lunch on the islands for four people – all with our compliments and congratulations.


Grand Prize Winner

Our Grand Prize Winner is Erica Bearman, for her traditional Saurbraten which came to her family from “Grammy Miller”. In the final tasting, this dish reminded the judges of a holiday meal and judges noted that the flavors paired beautifully with Chateau Montelena’s Napa Valley Cabernet. Erica, along with up to seven guests, will be invited to join us in our Chateau Residence Kitchen to prepare their winning dish along with our culinary staff members, who will complete the four course luncheon with their own complimentary dishes. The sit down luncheon, served in the Chateau’s Great Room, will include Chateau Montelena wines paired with each dish!

We’ll post each of the winning recipes over the next few weeks so that you can make them and taste for yourself (and, of course, enjoy with your favorite Montelena wine). We encourage you to try the recipes perhaps share some of your own favorite pairings. Who knows? We may ask to share your recipe on our blog! Better yet, become a CellarMaster so you can participate next year and submit your own recipe in next year’s challenge.


Judy Tischler

Recipe Challenge Coordinator

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