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Yes; It’s Cold Out There

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While many have asked how this cold affects our vineyards, rest assured they’re in a nice, hibernating slumber, so let Mr. Frost do his worst!  In another month when bud-break begins is when the frost can be dangerous and the cold temperatures can damage the vines.  That’s when poor Dave Vella, our tireless vineyard manager, sleeps with alarms by his bed to alert him when the temperature drops to 35 degrees.  When it does, he wakes up, heads into the vineyard and fires up the fans and smudge pots to heat the vines because the temperature is too low!

In the meantime, stay warm, dry, and snuggle up with a good glass of red wine to warm up the soul.

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About Our Authors

Kristina King

Born in Colorado and led a nomadic life until the ripe old age of four. Kristina loves to travel, eat, drink wine, and enjoy the outdoors. One of her mottos is: Life is an adventure - enjoy!

George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Cameron Parry

Winemaker since 2008, Cameron has been an integral member of the winemaking team at Chateau Montelena since 2004. He and his wife live in Calistoga with their two beautiful daughters.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors