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The Harvest Journal: November 7, 2019

The Harvest Journal: November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

As our 2019 harvest has drawn to a close, we take a moment to look back at another memorable season.  Harvest kicked off with excitement and anticipation as grapes arrived at the crush pad in early September and continued through mid-October. Overall, we were blessed with a plentiful crop, which produced higher-than-average yields and allowed us to cherry-pick the highest ...

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In the Vineyard - Fall 2019

In the Vineyard - Fall 2019

November 6, 2019

Harvest is an incredible time of year and we look forward to sharing our experience with this vintage. Learn more about the 2019 harvest season, then get a sneak peek into the future of our Estate Vineyard. Why does Chateau Montelena harvest at night? This time of year, the Montelena Estate Vineyard comes alive at night with our vineyard crew harvesting ...

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Wild Mushroom Pasta with 2013 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Wild Mushroom Pasta with 2013 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

November 5, 2019

Wild Mushroom Pasta From the kitchen of our very own Club Wine Educator, Ari Spiewak: [email protected]  INGREDIENTS  1 pound orecchiette pasta Kosher salt 3 tablespoons butter 1 pound assorted mushrooms, cleaned and sliced (cremini, king trumpet, maitake, chanterelle, and porcini are good options) 2 shallots, finely minced 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano ...

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The Harvest Journal: August 15, 2019

The Harvest Journal: August 15, 2019

August 14, 2019

Harvest is the busiest time of year for our Vineyard Manager Dave Vella, who has been guiding our farming efforts since 1985. Read below to learn about past Montelena harvests and see how he expects this upcoming harvest to unfold.  Which harvest has been the most memorable for you and why? The vintage of 1985 was my first harvest at ...

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Meet our Facilities and Warehouse Manager: Jeff Conley

Meet our Facilities and Warehouse Manager: Jeff Conley

July 23, 2019

Managing the inventory, packing, and shipping of Chateau Montelena wine orders requires dedication and an intimate knowledge of Montelena wines. Thankfully, Jeff Conley has the experience to take on those tasks and much more. Read below to learn about our Facilities and Warehouse Manager who has been an integral part of the Montelena team since 1995.  Can you tell ...

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Crispy Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with 2017 Potter Valley Riesling

Crispy Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with 2017 Potter Valley Riesling

June 28, 2019

Crispy Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Blistered Tomato Salsa From the kitchen of our very own Club Wine Educator, Ari Spiewak: [email protected]  INGREDIENTS  Beer Batter: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup beer Fish Tacos: 1 pound of white, flaky fish (like mahi-mahi, grouper, or cod) cut into four 1/2 inch strips 1 ...

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Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad with 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad with 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

March 14, 2019

Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad with Marcona Almond Vinaigrette From the kitchen of our very own Club Wine Educator, Ari Spiewak: [email protected]  INGREDIENTS  2 peaches, ripe, semi-firm, pitted, and halved 1/3 cup Marcona almonds, toasted 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar, plus 1 teaspoon 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 1 small shallot, finely minced 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped  1/4 cup toasted nut ...

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Meet our Grounds Supervisor: Alex Gonzalez

Meet our Grounds Supervisor: Alex Gonzalez

February 28, 2019

Maintaining an historical estate is no small feat when such an incredible array of flora and fauna call this property home. Alex Gonzalez makes sure that no matter what the day throws at him and his team—from 100 degree heat to pouring rain—our winery looks more beautiful every day. We caught up with him recently and learned ...

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Corned Beef and 2016 Calistoga Zinfandel

Corned Beef and 2016 Calistoga Zinfandel

January 22, 2019

Corned Beef and Cabbage From the kitchen of our very own Harvest Chef, Anne-Marie Pleskaczewski: [email protected]  INGREDIENTS & PREPARATION Corned Beef: 4 to 5 pounds flat-cut corned beef brisket, rinsed 1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced 3 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed with the back of a knife 2 pints lager (nothing ...

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Pomegranate Lamb Chops with Hunan Style Eggplant and 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Pomegranate Lamb Chops with Hunan Style Eggplant and 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

January 21, 2019

Pomegranate Lamb Chops with Hunan Style Eggplant From the kitchen of our very own Club Wine Educator, Ari Spiewak: [email protected]  INGREDIENTS & PREPARATION 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 8 garlic cloves, finely minced 1/3 cup pomegranate molasses 3 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 racks of ...

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