A visit to Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley

Best known for winning the Paris Tasting in 1976, and later for playing a starring role in the movie, “Bottle Shock”, Chateau Montelena is a favorite amongst visitors to the valley.   The historic, moss-covered stone castle stands today as a reminder of what put California wine on the world’s stage.  For me, a little history […]

A visit to Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

Visiting Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love) last month made me wonder why I waited so long.  Built with such authenticity and attention to detail, the castle-winery could easily be in Tuscany.  It is no wonder the winery is used as a set and concert venue (Bon Jovi has performed here, and recently it was […]