Bottle Shock the Musical - Contest

November 5, 2015

You loved the movie, now win your chance to preview the musical! Share your best Bottle Shock photograph, and you could win two tickets to the Bottle Shock The Musical preview event, part of the Napa Valley Film Festival!  Post your best, creative Bottle Shock photos to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page using the hashtag #MontelenaBottleShockContest, and ...

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Looking Back: The 1985 Barrett Family Thanksgiving

November 4, 2015

Written by Chateau Montelena owner, Judy Barrett In our house, Thanksgiving always has meant pie for dessert.  Some years ago the whole family was gathering here for Thanksgiving dinner, and when I say whole family, that adds up to a very large crowd.  That year, the guests included Jim’s older brother, John, and his wife, Joan. ...

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The Haunted Chateau

October 30, 2015

THE HAUNTED CHATEAU A Montelena Production Join three Chateau Montelena staff members as they set out on a midnight exploration they will soon regret. Said by many to be haunted, this 19th century castle has plenty of stories to tell. Grab some popcorn, pour a glass of Chardonnay, and enjoy.  TREATS, NO TRICK Don’t be caught this ...

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Jade Lake Series

October 27, 2015

Introducing the Jade Lake Series: First Collection A CellarMaster Club Exclusive We are excited to unveil part 1 of the 3 part Jade Lake wine series. At the heart of this project is a celebration of Chateau Montelena’s rich history and unique inspiration. This first offering features Semillon and Tempranillo, and is a nod to the old-world while still ...

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German Style Beef Short Ribs

October 5, 2015

Paired with our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon From the Kitchen of LindySez. 6 slices thick bacon 3 pounds beef short ribs (make sure they are meaty) 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 large dill pickle, diced 2 cups red wine 1 (14.5 - ounce) can beef broth 1 bay leaf salt and pepper, to taste cornstarch or flour, mixed with ...

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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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