Napa Valley WIne Tasting | Chateau Montelena | Calistoga, CA

Have you seen Bottleshock? Its a fantastic movie about how California’s wine industry surprised the world by making wine that beat French wine in a blind taste test with French judges. If you enjoy wine and Hollywood recaps of moments in history than I highly recommend this film.

With all of the buzz surrounding Chateau Montelena, it has become popular place for wine aficionados and movie-buffs alike. While I really enjoy their wines, what brings me back to this place are the beautiful, park-like grounds. This is Jade Lake:

Jade Lake | Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

These serene gardens are open to the public, no wine tasting required. The pagodas are available with reservations for picnics and private parties.

Jade Lake | Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

As you wander the paths you’ll probably see dragonflies, ducks, turtles, koi, and possibly an angry crawdad. One blocked our path, and there were at least 6 humans who stopped to let this little guy make his way across (no one fancied getting their toes pinched!!)

Jade Lake | Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

After wandering around Jade Lake we made our way up to the Chateau for some vino.

Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

Chateau Montelena | Napa Valley | Calistoga, CA | Wine Tasting

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Chateau Montelena. If you ever find yourself in the Napa Valley make sure you take the time to visit this beautiful and historic place.

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