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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'Tis the Season…

December 16, 2014

...For Dungeness crabs! Tomorrow morning, for the third year running, George will make the trek south to Half Moon Bay to pick up a rather large order of live (delicious) Dungeness crabs from our friends aboard The Cricket. A few weeks back, he took orders from the Montelena Team and we've been anxiously awaiting and pondering how to ...

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Estate Zinfandel Brownie with Zinfandel Chocolate Ganache

July 22, 2014

Zinfandel Brownie 2 eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup butter, melted ½ cup Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel ¾ cup good quality cocoa powder (such as Ghirardelli) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup chocolate chips (bittersweet is best) ½ cup Zinfandel Ganache (recipe follows) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixer ...

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From Our Kitchen: Lamb Burgers with Nick's Spicy Tzatziki Sauce

March 10, 2014

A perfect paring for our spring red releases: Lamb Burgers with Nick's Spicy Tzatziki Sauce. Best with a glass of our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or 2011 Montelena Estate Zinfandel! Lamb Burger  serves about 4 Ingredients 1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped 1 1/2 lbs. ground lamb 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon sweet paprika Pinch of ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt 1 cup feta cheese, ...

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