Friday, July 25, 2008

So Goes Chateau Montelena


News was just released that the famous Chateau Montelena winery in Calistoga, CA (Napa) has been bought by a French Bordeaux estate/corporation.  The irony is that in 1976, it was the Barrett's family and Ch. Montelena that produced the Chardonnay to rock the world of wine and beat French Burgundies in the famous Steven Spurrier tasting of 1976.  This is the tasting the movie Bottle Shock is based on, released in August.  Here's the link to the story, Revenge of Paris.  The article states that Jim and Bo Barrett will no longer be a part of Montelana.  This is another moment of great wine history slipping away in Napa's wine legacy.  Perhaps with the Euro being so strong right now, American "things" are looking really cheap to buy! -Salamanzar

7 comments:

LMGotts said...

Wow, I surely feel fortunate to have lived in the San Francisco area for almost 25 years beginning in the early 1980's. Some very fun times traversing the Napa region early in those years, visiting places like Montelena and others before the masses set in. Ah well...not progress exactly, but change will make those times so much fonder in my memories.

P.S. Had some 20oz. coffee drinks today at the Broadway Intelligentsia in Chicago...seems that they still like 'em big. Chicago is such a wonderful city (in the summer time?).

Melissa said...

How Sad! I saw "Bottle Shock" at Sundance and was hoping to take a trip up there this fall. I suppose we still can, but it really won't be the same, will it? I was just so enchanted by the movie....anyone who loves wine or loved Sideways should check it out. I think it's coming out in some cities on Aug 6th, and then more in the weeks following....

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