PUNCH put an emphasis on Chateau Montelena within a larger Napa Valley travel guide article. The Calistoga property is featured prominently as the first winery recommended as a “must-visit,” with a detailed full page write up.
The writer offers a historical overview of the property, its beauty and terroir of the vineyards. It speaks to the refined style of the wines, and also pays homage to The Judgment of Paris with a mention of the 1973 Chardonnay. You can read the full story in the enclosed PDF.12.00.20-Punch-Magazine-compressed
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay
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.