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Bottle Shock: The Early Days of California Wine Making at Chateau Montelena

July 25, 2019

The Family Travel Guy recently highlighted Chateau Montelena as a Napa Valley winery not to be missed when traveling to the region. He highlighted the historic “Judgment of Paris Tasting,” offering context as to the significance of Chateau Montelena’s role in establishing Napa as a serious wine producing region. Elaborating, he continues, “In addition to its famous wine, Chateau Montelena boasts one of the most peaceful settings in the Napa Valley, with a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden, lake and vineyards reaching out to the base of Mount Saint Helena.” Read all of the details on what to know before you go HERE


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    Chateau Montelena

    Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

    In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.