Ahead of Thanksgiving, Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre has shared his tips for navigating holiday wine selections and also shared his no-fail top picks to enjoy at the table next Thursday. One of his tips is to start with a lighter white, which makes sense as to why his first recommendation is Chateau Montelena’s hidden treasure – its Riesling. Of the wine, Dave says “Chateau Montelena produces this classically styled, racy version, with citrus and orchard fruit flavors, great acidity and just a hint of sweetness.” Another insider tip, buy in bulk – the winery won’t be releasing a 2018 vintage as they rejected the fruit because of the smoke taint from wildfires that effected the Valley. You can read the full story and see his other pics here
Riesling is a hidden gem within the Chateau Montelena portfolio. Many people don’t know it exists, and once they do – they keep coming back for more. Stylistically, it is amazingly refreshing with notes of lemon blossom, honeysuckle and rose petal that are balanced by lively acidity
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.