Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner, August 26, 7 p.m.

August 25th, 2016 Cookbook

We’re celebrating a Napa Valley legend at our wine dinner tomorrow, August 26 at 7 p.m. The dinner will feature wines from the Chateau Montelena, one of Napa Valley’s most historic wineries with roots dating to 1882.

Chateau Montelena put California wines on the map at the famed 1976 blind tasting in Paris known as the “Judgment of Paris.” The wine world reeled when its 1973 chardonnay bested France’s finest wines, changing forever how the world viewed California wines.

Today, Chateau Montelena wines are still setting standards of excellence. We will taste chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon. Executive Chef Josh Zeman has created a tasting menu to accompany some of the winery’s most important, focused wines.

Chateau Montelena was unique in style for its era. Most regional wineries in the late 1800s were made of wood, but the Chateau is constructed of stone with walls three to twelve feet thick, which provides natural insulation against outside heat or cold. Also rare among Napa Valley wineries, the Chateau resembles an English Gothic castle gatehouse complete with rusticated stone walls, narrow arched windows, large arched door in the place of a portcullis, and bartizans with faux arrow slits.

From fruity to buttery, Napa Valley’s fertile soil produces flavorful wines and we have a flavorful menu to complement each taste.


Scallop Carpaccio

cucumber, plum, dill, tomato, yogurt , black sesame

Sauvignon Blanc


First Course 

Ling “uni” Carbonara

squid ink bottarga, uni butter, pecorino pepato



Second Course 

Tuna “Bresaola”

whipped burrata, pickled shallot, crispy calamari, salumi emulsion



Third Course 

Tongue & Cheek

braised veal tongue, beef cheek ravioli, grilled figs

brown butter potato mousse, saba vinagrette

Cabernet Sauvignon


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