Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Napa Valley, California - Chateau Montelena - 2004 Trip

We drove to Chateau Montelena after hearing they gave an excellent tour at the breakfast following our hot air balloon ride even though it wasn’t on our list of wineries for this particular visit.  The couple talking about it during breakfast was so impressed with it that we decided to add it to our list knowing we might have to drop another planned visit.  By the time we arrived, however, the tour itself was completely booked.  We decided to pay for a tasting anyway.  The $10.00 per person for the tasting was worth it.  We tasted a Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Potter Valley Riesling.  All were delicious, but we especially enjoyed the Potter Valley Riesling.  However, we left without purchasing even a single bottle.  After the tasting, we went on a short self-guided tour including taking a look at their elegant tasting room and walking around their beautiful pond and viewing their picnic area available only for Montelena functions.  A temperamental swan made for some beautiful photos.  If interested in their more extensive tour, $25.00 per person, be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot.

To learn more visit Chateau Montelena.

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