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#JOP40 Anniversary Event - Photos

June 27, 2016

Enjoy this selection of photos from our Judgment of Paris 40th Anniversary Open House event.      ...

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#JOP40 Panel - Live From The Chateau

May 23, 2016

On Tuesday May 24th, as part of our Judgment of Paris Open House celebration, Leslie Sbrocco hosted a facinating discussion panel in front of the Chateau and a live audience.  With principals from both Chateau Montelena, and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, they discussed the historical anniversary, and the impact the Judgment of Paris still has today.  We ...

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Featured Recipe: Pairing Our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

April 15, 2016

Chili Shrimp Ceviche Paired with our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc - Available Now!  From the mind of chef Krysta Moseley Not only is this recipe simple and easy to prepare, it’s also one of my favorite white wine pairings. It’s a fun recipe to learn how to balance different components within a dish. With bright acid ...

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Celebrating 40 years since the Judgment of Paris

April 15, 2016

By now it is a familiar story: in 1976 two California wines bested their French counterparts in a blind tasting and put themselves, and all of Napa Valley, on the map. They wrote a book about it. They even made a movie about it. It is the classic retelling of the saga of David and Goliath; “the kids from the ...

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Somm Journal Cover Story

April 14, 2016

The Judgment of Paris - 40 Years Later.  Click the cover to view the digital version of this month's Somm Journal. The four-page cover story begins on page 56. ...

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Judgment of Paris: 40 years later at Flavor Napa Valley

April 11, 2016

Bottle Shock rocked Judgment of Paris: 40 years later at Flavor Napa Valley Written by Jolene Patterson, SF Wine Examiner Shared from Examiner.com “Bottle Shock” was a film, very loosely, based on the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris called the Judgment of Paris in which two California wines won, much to the chagrin of the French ...

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Video: Chateau Chévres

March 31, 2016

This week we welcomed 70 new, yet temporary members to the Montelena team. Goats are a great way to sustainably remove unwanted plants from the Estate, without the need of chemical sprays and toxins. ...

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Barrett Family Stories: St Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2016

By Judy Barrett Everyone, of course, is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and if you happen to stop by Montelena on March 17 you may get a whiff of corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread.  There have been threats to put green dye in Jade Lake for the occasion, but wise heads have prevailed so far ...

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The 2013 Calistoga Zinfandel

March 4, 2016

When we began the process of replanting our Estate Vineyard, we understood that we had been given a unique opportunity to consider the past and how we could further our goal of creating site-driven wines that reflect the unique nature of our soils and the character of each vintage.   We have a duty to produce the best wine, and ...

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Featured Recipe: Pairing Our 2010 Petite Sirah

February 18, 2016

Ras El Hanout Spice Rubbed Rack of Lamb Paired with our 2010 Petite Sirah From the mind of Chef Krysta Moseley, Culinary Institute of America Graduate Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: - 1 rack of lamb (8 chops) - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1 teaspoon ginger - 1 teaspoon salt - ¾ teaspoon black pepper - ½ teaspoon cinnamon -  ...

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