Forbes contributor Lana Bortolot has pivoted from a traditional wine column in favor of sharing some of her favorite wine-related movies to hunker down with during quarantine, and – of course – what to drink with each. Bortolot describes Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, as a “rom-com in the vineyards” that loosely chronicles the pivotal 1976 “Judgment of Paris” blind tasting that put California wines on the map. As the Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay famously beat the European wines in the same category, it should come as no surprise that she suggests pairing this movie with the Chateau Montelena 2017 Chardonnay. Read the full write up and her other suggestions here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabortolot/2020/03/27/your-pandemic-movie-watching-is-about-to-get-a-little-tipsy/#669802ee7680
Napa Valley, California
A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.
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.